biodynamic low intervention

Domaine Olivier Cousin ‘Pur Breton’ Vin de France 2017

Estate: Although in semi-retirement now, Olivier Cousin is a winemaking legend, rebel and biodynamic saint. His 12 hectares of Gamay, Cabernet Franc, Grolleau and Chenin Blanc vines are tucked into the far western end of the Loire Valley in central France. Today his son Baptiste is taking over much of the production, Olivier works only with his favourite grape, Cabernet Franc. ‘Pur Breton’ is named for the local name for Cabernet Franc, ‘Breton’.

Winemaking: Certified biodynamic, only indigenous yeasts used, with zero additives such as enzymes, sugar and sulfites. Vines are 40 years in age in black loam soil with deep beds of limestone. Aged in old oak barrels.

Tasting Notes: Violet in colour with complex aromas of blueberry, sour cherry, raspberry, black cherry, chalky minerals, pine, white pepper and graham cracker. Silky layers of all of the cherries [red, black and Morello], blackberry, pomegranate, red currant, earth and spice framed by tangy acidity and black tea tannins. Baking spice, plum, blueberry and red apple linger on the snappy finish.

100% Cabernet Franc
Vine de France
France
12.5% Alcohol
$25

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