A blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon from vines grown organically and planted around 1970 on clay-limestone soils in Champigny, on two tiny parcels at the vineyard site “Boutifolle”. Harvesting is done by hand, with yields of around 25 hl/ha. Vinification: the grapes are destemmed, followed by 40 days of maceration by infusion (with little extraction), blending of free-run and press juices, and 9 months of maturation in 225-litre barrels that have seen several wines. Bottled at the estate without fining, filtration, or added sulphites.
Sophie and Clément Maire-Kurdziel live and make their wines from a carefully chosen set of parcels in the areas surrounding Chinon and Saumur in the Loire Valley. They met and fell in love during their time at oenology school in Montpellier and spent their subsequent years travelling the world as stagieres in New Zealand, Lebanon, the US, and Australia, before finally settling in the Loire in 2017. They soon found some old Cabernet Franc vines for sale on the website Le Bon Coin (France’s version of Craigslist) and decided to take a look. It turns out the vineyard, named Les Justices, was a very special place. The low-yielding vines were planted in 1947 on almost pure clay soils, and immediately became the heart of their new project, as well as its namesake.