Clos Bonnefare Bergerac 2016
WineSpark Price €17.54
Wine fairs are not for the faint hearted. Your calendar is stacked back-to-back. You’re tasting 50-100 wines per day. There’s no time to get to know people amongst the hustle.
And then sometimes, rarely even, a wine turns up by surprise, and stuns you.
This is what happened when I tasted this wine.
I met a friend, who runs a wine club in France, at her stand to taste wine from a Rhone producer. Before I left, I asked one question:
‘If there’s one wine here that I can’t leave without tasting, what would that be?’
She produced a bottle with a striking, colourful label. One sniff and I was blown away already. The intense cassis and wild herb on the nose had me drooling. And then the taste - dark, juicy, powerful… just how I like my big reds.
Francois used to be a filmmaker, until 1997 when he decided to change career and became a winemaker.
He gained experience in Burgundy, Oregon and New Zealand, before buying a small vineyard in Bergerac in 2011.
The wine doesn’t taste of classic Bordeaux or Bergerac - and it turns out that this experience working with Pinot Noir is what influences his style.
It’s a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The vineyards sit on flinty-clay soil which gives a lot of freshness in the grapes. He then works the wine in a Burgundian way - picking early and fermenting in open-top tanks.
Give it a try and hopefully you’ll be as blown away as I was!
|Grape(s)||60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Malbec|
|Region of origin||South West|
|Months in Oak||10|
|Type of Oak||French oak|
|Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts)||None|
|Average age of vines||25 years|
|Average altitude of vines (m)||80|
|Soil type(s)||Siliceous clay with presence of flint|
|Is this wine organic?||Conversion 1st year|
|Suitable for vegans?||No|
|Ageing potential||10 years|
|Ideal drinking window||2022-2025|
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