Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Château du Hureau Tuffetext

Château du Hureau Tuffe 2018

Saumur, Loire, FranceThe Vatan family has been making wine in the Loire for more than 300 years, with fifth generation Philippe and his daughter Agathe Vatan currently in charge of their 17 hectares. This organic / biodynamically farmed cabernet franc was sourced from 14 parcels scattered around Saumur and Dampierre, rooted in the region's tuffeau (soft limestone) soils. Amazingly, this is their 'entry-level' wine, which really raises the bar for what comes next. This was native fermented over one month, before resting in underground tanks for up to 20 months prior to bottling. So perfumed, with heady rose petals, iris at the fore, leading into fragrant ripe plum, blueberry, boysenberry, lavender, and rosemary. Tannins are fine and grippy, boning this to the lingering stony finish. Such a beautiful, finessed expression of cabernet franc, and one I wish we had more access to here in BC (listen up BC winemakers!)Tasted: 17 June 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 30.00 private liquor stores Producer: Chateau du HureauDistributors: Liberty Wine Imports
Grape: Cabernet FrancCSPC: 950972UPC: 3480031411018