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Huit-Launay Cabernet Franc 2018


A Wine That

represents the future of Loire Cabernet Franc. Due to global warming, the reds of the region have been entering the spotlight in recent years. Alexandre's is no exception; there are no harsh tannins here, rather this is almost velvety on the tongue. Think cocoa nib, fresh plums and even a touch of cinnamon. What's not to love?

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  • Winemaker: Alexandre Giquel
Huit-Launay Cabernet Franc - 2018















Cabernet Franc

Where and How?

This is 100% Cabernet Franc from an organic vineyard in the Cher Valley near Château de Chenonceau (this was Alexandre's second vintage and he was still in the process of finding his own vineyards, so this was purchased fruit). The fruit was destemmed and only a small amount of sulphites were used at the start of fermentation to ensure healthy yeasts.
After the grapes were destemmed, the fruit was left to macerate in a stainless steel tank for 10 days, with just a few pumpovers to homogenise the fermentation while avoiding too much extraction. The wine was then aged for 24 months in old French oak barrels and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

The Winemaker: Alexandre Giquel

This young man was on track to become an accountant, but while bookkeeping for a winery, he realised the vines themselves held more appeal than the keyboard. But studying wine itself wasn’t enough; realising very little was taught about organics on his traditional wine course, he decided to seek natural alternatives to conventional viticulture.
So, he did some research, and took a course in animal management. In turn, this led him to develop a particular fondness for plough horses, and last year he bought his own mare.
This is true artisan vineyard management: in fact, Alexandre doesn’t even know how to drive a tractor.


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