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Vines Chenin Blanc (100 %)

Color: Straw yellow with golden reflections.
Smell: The nose is intense and expressive with hints of passion fruit and ripe exotic fruit, with beautiful mineral nuances in the background.
Taste: On the palate it is juicy, taut and balanced, excellent combination of citrus freshness and flavor.
Food pairing: Ideal match with fish and shellfish dishes, white meats and cheeses.

Only red grapes are grown in Saint Nicolas de Bourgueuil, but Frédéric's strong desire to try his hand at producing a white wine prompted him to look for a suitable land for the purpose in the nearby village of Saumur. In an exceptional parcel on the Puy-Notre-Dame hill, the Chenin grapes grow, thanks to which "Chenin du Puy" is produced, a white wine with a flavor of exotic fruits, which combines richness and minerality.

Soil: Clayey-calcareous.
Age of vines: About 45 years.
Vinification: After the harvest, which takes place in two steps, pneumatic pressing at low pressure and static cold racking are carried out. Fermentation in stainless steel at controlled temperature, resting in 600 liter barrels, with manual and regular bâtonnage during the winter and subsequent aging for more than a year in oak barrels.

Frédéric Mabileau

Since 1620 the Mabileau family has worked the vineyards. In 1900, René Mabileau participated in the Universal Exposition in Paris. Inspired by his father, Fréderic Mabileau discovered the joys of vine and wine and planted his first cabernet franc vines in 1988 and 89 in Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, on the "Rouillères" parcel which belonged to Nathalie Mabileau, who became his wife. Today the "garden" of Fréderic and Nathalie extends over 28 hectares, where there is a strong commitment to give a soul to the vineyards and wines thanks to the meeting of tradition and modernity. Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, Buorgueil, Saumur, Anjou ... Loire wines with multiple facets, the fruits of a rigorous and passionate work. Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil obtained the appellation (AOC) in 1937 and extends over 1080 hectares. This denomination allows to produce only red wines mainly from Cabernet Franc grapes, possibly with a maximum percentage of 10% of Cabernet Sauvignon. The climate is temperate and slightly oceanic and the vineyards are protected from the wind by the forests to the north. To simplify, two types of soils are distinguished in this area: clayey-siliceous soils with a calcareous tendency, which give structured wines, while further south, towards the Loire river, there are siliceous, sandy or pebbly soils, called "graveers" where more fruity wines are produced. In 2005 the decision was made to adopt exclusively "organic" agricultural techniques and to obtain Ecocert certification. This choice, consistent with the historical path of "vigneron", has brought the company closer to a more lively and traditional vision of viticulture. This natural path has had the natural consequence of also exploring the biodynamic ways, which has the basic objective of restoring and intensifying the organic life of the vineyard with natural means, optimizing exchanges between the plant and its environment. It is essentially a return to the essential, with the awareness of one's role in a fragile ecosystem, where the role of a grower, if there is one, is to preserve this uncertain balance for as long as possible. . Even if the work in this way is less easy, all this gives a wider meaning to the beautiful profession of "vigneron".

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