2017 J. Mourat "Collection" Val de Loire Rouge

SKU #1397439 Jancis Robinson

 In a squat, flask-like bottle. Cheeky cherry and orange perfume. Ripe, sappy and jewel-bright: redcurrant and cranberry, with a pencil-graphite slender minerality that betrays the presence of Cabernet Franc. Brisk tannins jiving with energetic fruit – it feels like a metabolism boost! The finish is neat, dry, snappy, like a gymnast finishing a perfect somersault in your mouth. And then a little line of herbs lingering on the tongue. (TC)  (10/2018)

K&L Notes

From the winery: "Collection Wines: A contemporary approach to wine, which is focused on the search for exeptional fruit and authenticity . Wines you will enjoy with a great ‘drinkability’ factor. The Red: Terroir- Rhyolite soil. Grape varieties- Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Négrette, Gamay Noir. Average age of vines- 15 to 50 years. The Mourat name has always been associated with wine: from wine makers and salt makers on the Ile de Ré until the end of the 19th century, then as wine merchants on the Sables d’Olonne for three generations. It wasn’t until 1974 that Jean Mourat created the vineyard which would become the Chateau Marie du Fou. In 1998 Jéremie joined him to pursue the adventure by creating two new vineyards: Le Clos Saint André, which was established in 2006; followed by Le Moulin Blanc, in 2011. The past 10 years have also seen all the vineyards converted, or in the process of being converted, to organic production. A.O.C. Fiefs Vendéens: Mareuil-sur-Lay is situated on an ancient fault-line at the point where three ecosystems meet: the Lucon lowland, the Marais Poitevin and the Bocage Vendéen. The land is composed of schistes and rhyolites, influenced by the Maritime climate. The Vendée benefits from a cosmopolitan vineyard which traditionally combines a mixture of vine varieties from the Loire Valley and the South-West of France."

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