Saumur "Château Fouquet"

2018
France
Loire

100% Cabernet Franc. Paul Filliatreau bought 6.5 hectares of lieu-dit Château Fouquet in the village of Brézé, which is about 10 kilometers east of the town Saumur and just outside the lines of the Saumur-Champigny appellation. Parts of the vineyard had been abandoned, and he began replanting with massale cuttings from Chinon vigneron Charles Joguet's Clos du Chêne Vert vineyard. By 1998, the vineyard had been converted it to organic farming, the first part of the Filliatreau estate to beome so (as well as the first to be ploughed by horse or harvested by hand). Now, as of the 2018 vintage, Fouquet is certfied-biodynamic. Like for the other Filliatreau reds, the hand-harvested bunches are destemmed and fermented spontaneously in stainless steel tanks with a maceration of around 20 days. The wine is aged in steel tank for about 10 months, before bottling with a light, non-sterile filtration. 

93+ points
"Paul Filliatreau bought this vineyard back in 1990, which at the time needed partial replanting. Paul took selection massale cuttings from Charles Joguet’s Clos du Chêne Vert vineyard to replant the fallow section of the vineyard, so this has fine genetic pedigree. The Château Fouquet bottling from Domaine Filliatreau was the first cuvée he converted to organic viticulture back in 1998, and this 6.5 hectare vineyard in the town of Brézé has now been farmed biodynamically for several years and is on the verge of certification. The 2018 Château Fouquet is nicely ripe in the style of the vintage, coming in at fourteen percent octane and offering up a beautifully pure and sappy nose of black cherries, cassis, cigar wrapper, dark soil tones, just a whisper of menthol, a touch of juniper berry and a topnote of cigar smoke. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and nicely plush at the core, with superb focus and balance, seamless, buried tannins, impressive complexity and a long, suave and very classy finish. This is outstanding, and happily, sealed with a natural cork. 2021-2045+. "
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
, May-June 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB0016-18
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Cabernet Franc
Farming Type: 
Biodynamic