Clos Roche Blanche Touraine Cabernet Franc 2007

Cabernet Franc from Loire, France

Item No. 97132
  • red wine
  • Green wine
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Winemaker's Notes

The vineyards of Clos Roche Blanche were planted at the end of the 19th century and have remained in the Roussel family since. Catherine Roussel took over this 28-hectare estate in 1975 from her father, and was later joined by Didier Barrouillet, who tends the vineyards and makes the wine.

Their soil is poor, mainly clay with flint over a limestone subsoil. The wines produced include a Cabernet (mostly Franc with varied amounts of Sauvignon depending on the vintage), Gamay, Côt (aka Malbec), and Sauvignon Blanc. Roussel and Barrouillet keep yields low by maintaining old vines, using organic fertilizers in moderation and growing grass between and plowing under the rows.

Clos Roche Blanche is a model of non-interventionist winemaking. The winery has been farming organically since the 1970s, and beginning with the 1995 vintage, the winery received the official "organic agricultural" accreditation. They hand-harvest their grapes. The must is handled by gravity at all stages. The wines then age on their lees, and are bottled by gravity by hand without filtration to avoid mechanical manipulation that would unsettle it.

Learn About Clos Roche Blanche

Touraine, a Loire Valley appellation, designates a rather large viticultural area around the city of Tours. The vineyards of Clos Roche Blanche, planted on the Touraine hills bordering the Cher river by the Roussel family at the end of the 19th century, have remained in the family since. Catherine Roussel took over this 28 hectare estate in 1975, and was later joined by Didier...

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Learn About Loire

It's unfortunate that this region is so under appreciated and overlooked - the wines from the Loire Valley are outstanding. They are delicious examples of varietal and soil expression and the wide range of wines is so refreshing. Dry, sweet, sparkling, red, white… all represented here in the Loire. The main white grapes are Chenin Blanc, Muscadet and Sauvignon Blanc. For reds...

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Learn About Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc(cab-uhr-NAY frahnk) Right Place, Right time You won't often find this grape bottled as a single variety as it can lean towards earthy, vegetal tendencies (think green pepper & olives). Its typical place is in a blend with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or both. Cabernet Franc's home is the right bank of Bordeaux. It is an integral part in...

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