Garo'vin - Vin de France ‘Métisse’ 2018
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Cedric decided this vintage that he would end his association with the Anjou appellation and follow his own instincts for his own wines. What can we do but applaud?
At first we were apprehensive that he would discontinued his beloved Anjou Rouge (100% Cabernet Franc) and Anjou Village (100% Cabernet Sauvignon), combining them into one single cuvee. Would it work, we wondered? Would the magic be lost? Because to be honest, we loved his Cab Franc, but not so much the Cab Sauv.
To put it simply, we shouldn't have worried. Of course Cedric would understand his own wines better. These are perfect, a blend of 63% Franc and 37% Sauvignon. Métisse means mixed together, and this is a definitive representation of his vision for red "Anjou" wine.
Annual Production: 4,000
Blend: 63% Cabernet Franc, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon
Terroir: Clay and Schist soil
Winemaking: Grown on a 1 hectare parcel with shale soil, around Rablay-sur-Layon. 3 weeks of maceration, aged 1 year in barrel.
Drinking Window: 2015-2022
Cedric Garreau is one of the first producers that we've exclusively imported, and there's a reason why his wines are Cork Culture Classics. He owns and works from just under 3 hectares of vines around Beaulieu-sur-Layon, and makes mainly Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon from his winery just near the vineyards, although he is also a master of Chenin Blanc.
He's an impossibly talented young winemaker who only started making wine a few years ago, but his label can now be seen across in the world in France, the US, Tokyo, and now of course Hong Kong. All these wines are naturally made, but with such precision and cleanliness. There's so much varietal character as well, and that's what distinguishes him to us from amongst all the other young vignerons in the Loire. Cedric really brings out the terroir, but with freshness and ambition.