2022 Mary Taylor Anjou Rouge Pascal Biotteau
Winemaking in this area of the Touraine stretches back to Gallo-Roman times and proliferated during the Christian era. After the turn of the first millennium and the Viking and Barbarian Invasions, Benedictine monks largely created and maintained vineyards and thus created vine culture in such areas we know well today: Vouvray, Bourgeuil, Sancerre and Anjou, the second major city along the Loire River after Nantes.
Cabernet Franc, otherwise known as 'Breton,' is dominant in the Touraine and for good reason. This unique combination of microclimate and tuffeau soil (chalk from the Paris basin), allows a Cab Franc that at its best smells of chalk, sandalwood, dried flowers, deep currant and licorice. This Anjou from the Biotteau Family captures precisely this magic.
The Chateau d'Avrille, where famille Bioteau make our Anjou Rouge, is technically in AOC Anjou-Villages Brissac which is also known as the Coteaux de l'Aubance, an AOP for sweet wine. Just on the fault line of where the Massif Armoricain (slate) soil meets the aforementioned tuffeau is where you have the Biotteau vineyards. This creates a pure mineral style of wine on one side and a lush rich style on the other. We vinify each parcel separately and make a blend each year that shows a balanced picture of the wines of the Anjou.
A blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, from 25-30 year old vines in area of Anjou-Villages that falls on a geological fault-line. Half of the vineyards are grown in slate soils, the other half is grown in tuffeau (chalky limestone in the Paris basin). The wine is made without additives, and is macerated for ten days in ambient temperature with ambient yeasts. Bottled without filtration. Certified sustainable.
Dried rosebuds, wet forest floor, pine needles, rosemary and savory saddle. Touch of ripe olive. Black cherry and plum on the palate, with a tannic edge and white stone providing definition. Made by 4th generation of the Biotteau family in a conscientious farm in the Coteaux de L’Aubance within the Anjou-Villages. A Mary Taylor White Label Series wine, chosen for its sense of place and showcasing the appellation's essence. 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. We also love Pascal Bioutteau's Anjou Blanc.
France, Loire Valley
80% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
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