2018-C Domaine de la Bergerie 'La Cerisaie' Anjou Rouge, Loire Valley, France (750ml)
A Monthly Wine Club Selection
The nose here is a beautiful unfolding of black fruits, crushed violets and fresh green leaves. The palate shows blackberry, cassis, and black cherry fruit with a touch of candied violets; the texture is lavish with velvet smooth tannins and a long, seductive ﬁnish.
Founded in 1964 by Marie-Scholastique Horeau, Domaine de la Bergerie, a true family affair, is currently run by her grandson, Yves Guégniard, his wife, Marie-Annick and their daughter, Anne—who has taken the lead in converting to organic viticulture and contributing to the production of some fascinating wines. The domaine is located in the heart of Côteaux du Layon, in the Anjou region of the central Loire Valley. Encompassing a total of 89 acres, the vineyards are spread throughout multiple appellations, including Anjou (blanc and rouge), Savennières, Côteaux du Layon and Quarts de Chaume. While Chenin Blanc makes up the majority of their vineyards, the domaine is also known for Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grolleau. Domaine de la Bergerie has always adhered to a high standard of excellence: green harvesting, and the strict sorting and separate viniﬁcation of each harvested parcel. The organically farmed grapes (100% Cabernet Franc) for this supple Anjou Rouge were harvested by hand and carefully sorted (with 1/3 of the grapes cold-macerated for three days) before pressing, the free-run juice and the pressed juice fractions were viniﬁed separately and monitored carefully before being blended and bottled.