Andrew Guard

2016 Castor - Vin de France Cabernets, Les Arches de Bellivière

The wine « Castor » of the Les Arches de Bellivière wine range is assembled from biodynamic Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon coming from the Anjou and Savennières areas. It shows nice richness and a great freshness, with ripe fruit and acidity. The Cabernet Franc dominates and shows optimal maturity; I don't think it could have been picked at a more perfect time. This is definitely Loire, and more fresh than opulent. However, a solid tannic structure assures that the wine, while ready to drink now, will age gracefully.

Jasnières and it's neighbour Coteaux du Loir are tiny appellations 25 miles north of Tours on the smaller Loir River in the central part of France's Loire Valley. Both appellations produce delicious dry white wines exclusively from Chenin Blanc. The wines are rare, and in the case of Eric Nicolas, amongst the greatest white wines produced in the Loire Valley. This is indeed an incredible source of wine.

These are hand made wines in the extreme. Eric has established himself, however as the point of reference in this part of the valley and commands a serious and sincere domestic following, particularly among the sommelier fraternity.