Rosé de Loire, 2017

  Thibaud Boudignon

Contains Sulphites.

About Thibaud Boudignon

Back in 2011 we got wind of a young wine grower doing very interesting things in Anjou and Savennières. His name came to us via a diverse range of contacts, all of whom happened to work at stellar domaines. Having tasted and been impressed by samples in the UK, we travelled out to see the young Thibaud in June 2012. Originally from Bordeaux, Thibaud spent time working at Château Olivier, before a honing of his skills at Philippe Charlopin in the Côte de Nuits led to him getting the job of winemaker in chief at Domaine Soucherie. Whilst Soucherie’s reputation has increased dramatically under his tenure, this is definitely the day job. Thibaud’s real passion lies in his three hectares of organically farmed vines, planted at high density in Anjou and Savennières. From his beloved vines, whose health Thibaud sees as paramount to his success, he crafts some of the most refined and intense Chenin we’ve come across. Ageing takes place in a mixture of 225 litre and 600 litre barrels, with less and less new oak being employed for the two top wines. His tireless vineyard work means less manipulation is necessary in the winery. The result ts are thrilling; concentrated, age-worthy, sophisticated and vital Chenin Blancs that can already be found on the wine lists of many of the best restaurants in London and Paris.

Appellation: Loire

Loire is a region rapidly gaining recognition for producing exceptional wines of all kinds - with expressions of Sauvignon Blanc unlike those found anywhere else in the world and Rosé to die for.

Grape Type: Cabernet Franc

Ripening earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc acts both as great blender with its special herb infused red berry fragrance, and at the same time as a form of insurance policy. On the cooler, clay soils of the Right Bank it adds backbone to many of the Merlot-dominated St Emilions and Pomerols. There are a small number of outstanding Cabernet Franc-based blends on the right bank, the most sought after being Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Le Dôme, Angelus and Vieux Château Certan. Outside of Bordeaux it's the major red grape of the Loire valley, where huge strides in quality have been made over the last decade by producers such as Yannick Amirault, Domaine de la Butte, Charles Joguet and Château de Hureau. Here it is mainly produced as a 100% single varietal wine, highly expressive, pungently scented, vital and silky.