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La Garreliere Cinabre


Domaine de la Garrelière is the home of François and Pascaline Plouzeau. Located near the village of Richelieu south of Tours, this little winery is making big waves in the sommelier community. Vines have thrived on this site since the days of Cardinal Richelieu in the early 1600’s. Today the 20 hectares of vineyards are managed according to sustainable principles without the aid of any chemicals or pesticides. François, a modest winemaker, harvests his grapes only when they are perfectly ripe. His approach in the winery is minimalist and traditional.

“This wine comes from 40-50-year-old Cabernet Franc vines planted on wind-blown sand and flinty clay on the hillside. Soils here are infused with iron giving them a red glow, hence naming this wine after cinnabar, a red mineral pigment. This is their lowest yielding plot. The grapes are destemmed and fermented in tank for three weeks before being pressed off into barrel, some of which are quite new. After a year in barrel the wine is racked and bottled without filtration.” – Erik Mercier, Juice Imports

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