Andrew Guard

2018 Cabernet Franc/Merlot 'V-Sens', Domaine de Belle‐Vue

A blended cuvée of 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot from vines farmed biodynamically and planted on granite soils over white and red quartz. In the winery: grapes are transferred to barrels for 15 days of maceration by infusion, followed by gentle pressing to preserve the fruit flavours, and 10 months of maturation in two 400-litre barrels that have seen several wines and one conical barrel. Neither fined nor filtered, with a light dose of sulfur at bottling. This is an exceptionally elegant wine, little crispy red fruits, zingy acid and low alcohol - you could be in the Jura! The silky and moreish flavours linger and make this wine quite hard to stop drinking! 

Jerome Bretaudeau set up on his own in 2005 having made wine for others for the previous 10 years, notably Jo Landron at Domaine de la Louvetrie.

His Domaine de Belle-Vue is today one of the leading lights in the region and the quality of his wines is outstanding, indeed there is an underground buzz on these wines amongst France’s best wine bars and bistros.

Three things set him way apart from the rest and are the reason that his wines are so good; he harvests by hand, his vines yield only 35hl/ha (in a region where 90hl/ha is normal!) and he only uses the available natural yeasts for fermentation. With these principles in mind, Bretaudeau stands beside others in our portfolio like Belliviere, Tue-Boeuf and Foillard.