Cabernet Franc, Domaine de Pallus 'Messanges Rouge'
Winemaker Bertrand Sourdais has really made a name for himself in the past decade. After taking over the family estate in 2005, he converted the entire 33 hectares to organics and pushed the winemaking forwards to really elevate the whole stable of wines. This was while, just casually, living 5 months of the year in Spain and running 2 winemaking projects there. Domaine de Pallus has been producing quality Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc for decades, but with Bertrand's know-how the wines have achieved something very special. This is from a single walled vineyard (referred to as a 'clos' in French wine literature') named Briancon, where the soil is a mix of sand and pebbles. It's a medium-bodied wine with lovely purity of red fruit - think raspberry and pomegranate - that has just enough earthiness in the background to make it serious. Notes of roses (indicative of Chinon), green peppercorn (classic Cab Franc), limestone and undergrowth fill in the blanks. Decant if drinking now or wait up to 20 years to enjoy!