Perfumed soft red fruits, silky in the mouth and long on the palate. Delicious
The wines of Frederic Sigonneau are wonderfully aromatic on the nose: think super concentrated raspberries and cherries, add a touch of minerality and herbal freshness, and you're nearly there!
Following years of winemaking in Spain's Ribera del Duero, Frederic founded Domaine de l'R in 2004. His Chinon Cabernet Francs are atypically powerful for the region: partly due to the extra concentration from the 60-year-old vines, but also due to the big and bold Spanish influence.
The vines are tended to biodynamically, and in the cellar Frederic has a very stripped back winemaking approach. His methods are not a matter of being ‘fashionably natural’, everything works towards preserving the natural state and purity of the fruit because to Frederic (and us), it simply tastes better.
“The idea is to prevent the juice from any kind of stress and oxidation, to preserve all the natural and delicate flavours of the fruit.” Frederic Sigonneau, winemaker
Tasting Note: Dark red, purplish, dark hue. Powerful nose with aromas of pretty fruits (raspberry, cherry). Round mouth, seductive and generous.
Critics: Jancis Robinson 16/20 (2011), Decanter 92/100 (2015)
Cabernet Franc (100%)