Pierre Menard Orion Alpha Cabernet Franc 2018

A cuvee of a younger and a very old plot, showing what the shist soils of Anjou can do for Cabernet Franc.

Details

Details

The Orion Alpha Cabernet Franc (100%) hails from two plots: one with younger vines, and the other with some very old vines of 65 years at the lower part of the slopes of Clos des Mailles. This marriage between young and old, between fresh vibrance and rich complexity, makes the Orion Alpha an utterly satisfying Cabernet Franc, one that will age well for many years to come! Well worth the wait, if you can handle it.
Maceration after destemming for about three weeks, spontaneous fermentation in barrels. No fining or filtration.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Farming Standard biological
Winemaker Pierre Menard
Producer Domaine Pierre Menard
Alcohol 14.10
ml 750
Residual Sugar (g/L) 1.20
Acidity (g/l) 5.50
Closure Cork
Cellar Potential Long term
Grape Variety 100% - Cabernet Franc
Body full
Sweetness dry
region Loire Valley

Region

Loire Valley


Covering 87 different AOCs, the Loire Valley is known for a fresh and fruity wine style, paired with crisp flavors. Some of the best known AOCs of France can be found in this region, including Sancerre, Chinon, Muscadet Sevre et Maine and Pouilly-Fume.

The region is dominated by the variety's Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Melon de Bourgogne ("Muscadet") for whites and by Cabernet Franc, Gamay and Pinot Noir for reds. Next to still wines, the Loire Valley is also the second-largest producer of sparkling wines in France.

Subregion

Anjou AOC


The part of the Loire appellation known as "Middle Loire" is comprised of the Anjou and Saumur sub-appellations.

Within the Anjou wine region are many different appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC), each one responsible for a broad spectrum of wines including reds, whites and rosé as well as sweet wines. The region produces more varied wine styles from different grape varieties than any other Loire Valley wine region.

The two main grape varieties of the Anjou are Chenin blanc, which is here sometimes referred to as Pineau de la Loire and Cabernet Franc. Chenin Blanc is made into dry, sweet and sparkling wine. Cabernet Franc is used mostly for rosé and still red wines.

mostly for rosé and still red wines.

SKU: 3215
$46.50