Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Rouge Les Moulins 2018
100% Cabernet Franc. As with the MoulinsBlanc, this new label was created to provide a home to Guiberteau’s organic-in-conversion vineyards. The vines are mostly located in Montreuil-Bellay, with an inclusion of a healthy portion of old-vine fruit from a recently acquired parcel on the Brézé hill. The vines vary in age from seven to 80 years.
The wine is raised in stainless steel only, with the idea to craft a more upfront and early-drinking wine than the village bottling (also at a more accessible pricing). And it’s worked. Expect a racy, crunchy wine with loads of juicy red cherry, ground anise, ink and nettle aromas and flavours and a long, smoky finish. Despite its drinkability, it has more depth than you might expect a this price point, and it drinks like a wine that might actually age quite well. It’s a terrific value and a terrific entree to the reds of the Domaine.