Wilfred Rousse Les Galuches 2014, Chinon, Loire Valley France

Drunk August 2015 @ Les Années 30, 78 Rue Haute Saint-Maurice, 37500 Chinon

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The winery

Housed in a former farm in a place called The Halbardière, domain Wilfrid Rousse's logo is a weathervane with a mermaid holding a fish in her hand. This figure once sat on the roofs of the medieval Château Des Places in Savigny-en-Véron, in the seventeenth century property of Admiral and Governor of Acadia Claude de Launay-Razilly. According to legend, nostalgic for his past conquests the Admiral would have put the weathervane on his property. This house would have welcomed several times King Charles VII. The Halbardière where the winery is located was one of the farms of the Castle.

The Domaine Wilfrid Rousse covers 19.5 hectares between the towns of Savigny-en-Véron, Beaumont-en-Véron and Chinon. It consists of 18 hectares planted in Cabernet Franc and half a hectare of Chenin.

The Estate was founded in 1987 and now uses organic farming. It is located on the right bank of the Vienne River west of Chinon. 

The wine

Grape variety: 100% Cabernet Franc - 7 hectares. Vines planted along the Loire on a sandy soil and gravel located in Savigny-en-Véron. Quantity: 60,000 bottles.

FermentedGrape.com tasting notes

This was much lighter in the glass than the 2010 Lambert Cabernet Franc I tried the same evening. 2014 was a good vintage for Cabernet Franc generally in the Loire but with low yields.

A nicely balanced wine with acidity and tannins in check with plenty of berry fruit aromas and on the palate with a certain freshness, though not green. Not to the same standard as the 2010 Lambert but still very good with some veal and nice to see the organic credentials of the winery. A very inexpensive wine and although tasting a little young it slipped down well (sub 10 euros to buy from the winery).