Cabernet Franc, Domaine de Belliviere 'Castor'
100% Cabernet Franc. In order to face the challenges of multiple frost-afflicted vintages in the Coteaux du Loir, the Nicolas family has expanded their cellar and begun a new line of négoce wines under the "Les Arches de Bellivière" label in the 2016 vintage. From a like-minded grower in Anjou, they were able to purchase and harvest biodynamically farmed Cabernet Franc and bring the fruit back to their own cellar. The grapes were destemmed and macerated for 10-12 days and aged in old barrels for 10 months. It is solidly medium-bodied, herbal in tone and beautifully textured, with a moderate tannic structure and a refreshing lift of acidity.