Cabernet Franc, Anjou AOC – 2015
Soil: Silty-clay terroir, consisting of sandstone grit and red flint on tuffeau (limestone)
Surface area: 5 hectares (12.35 acres)
Age of vines: 40 years
The climatic conditions were very beneficial for the vine, fostering the quality of the grapes. From April, it was hot and wet enough for good vegetative growth. In June, the flowering went well, quickly and under the sun. The dry season in July encouraged entry into the ripening phase, and then the rain in August revived the functioning of the vine, allowing it to continue its maturation.
Cabernet Franc harvested October 2-10, hand-picked in 12-kilogram (26-pound) boxes and sorted in the vineyard
Yields: 37 hectoliters/hectare (14.97 acres)
Destemmed grapes were fermented using native yeasts; average of 30 days maceration without extraction; gentle cap punching; limited pump-overs; and infusion techniques at temperatures of 18 C to 25 C (64 F to 77 F). Slow and gentle pressing in a pneumatic press.
Eighteen months on fine lees in French oak casks used five times previously; aged in ancient troglodyte cellars cut into the limestone hillside on the property
Bottled without filtration or fining on March 20, 2017, a “fruit day”
Clau de Nell Cabernet Franc, Anjou AOC – 2015 – Wine & Spirits – 92 Points
This shares the glorious ripeness of Clau de Nell’s 2015 Vin de Loire Grolleau (also recommended here). Its scents of black cherry and violet fill the mouth in a burst of freshness, clean and lasting. Tannins keep it earthbound, grounded in youthful black-pepper spice. Cellar it, and the tannins and fruit will merge into something beautiful.