Saumur Puy-Notre-Dame 'Le Grand Champ Bourreau' 2017 $42.99
100% Cabernet Franc farmed biodynamically on tuffeau soils. 'Grand Champ Bourreau' sits on the sunnier South-West side of the hill of Puy-Notre-Dame. The grapes ripen easily on these lush, clay heavy soils. Hand-harvested, de-stemmed and aged for 14 months in barrique before bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Powerful and effusive, the nose is a lush array of earthy black fruit, peppercorn, graphite, and violets. Beautifully refined on the palate from several years of age, it unfolds with wave after wave of blackberry and plum, underscored by more savory and floral notes. Soft but structured tannins and surprising freshness all lead to a long finish. Drink now with grilled meats or assertive cheeses, but tuck a few away as this wine will evolve beautifully.