Domaine Guiberteau “Les Motelles”, Cabernet Franc

Les Motelles and Les Arboises offer a look at the heights attained by Cab Franc in the Loire Valley. Lighter and more supple in tannin, Les Motelles will likely offer diners more immediate pleasure that Les Arboises which benefits from a decanter, and from comparisons to high end Bordeaux that cost three times as much. Both vineyards were replanted in the period following WWII.

Information and tasting notes from the winemaker:

The cru, Les Motelles, is a wine to cellar for 10 years or more. It is the fruit of Cabernet Franc vines from a single 2.5 acre vineyard in Montreuil-Bellay.  The vines were planted in 1955 on a mix of gravel and clay. The planting density is 5500 vines per hectare.  The pruning is “Guyau Val de Loire”.  The yield does not exceed 2 tons per acre.

Harvest is by hand and sorting starts in the vineyard. Grapes are are 100% destemmed  before fermentation begins in concrete tanks.  Maceration lasts from 10 to 60 days depending on the vintage.  Native yeasts start and finish fermentations.  The wine is raised on its lees in barrels of 1, 2, and 3 wines over 18 months or more and are unfiltered.

Technical Information:

On average, production of Les Motelles is 4000 bottles a year, vintage allowing.

Vin de garde : plus de 10 ans
Cépage : Cabernet Franc
Age des vignes : 1955
Taille des vignes : Guyau Val de Loire
Implantation : une parcelle de vignes sur des sols argilo-graveleux (Montreuil-Bellay)
Superficie : 1,42 ha
Cuves : béton
Macération : 10 à 60 jours selon les années
Fermentation : levures indigènes
Elevage : en barriques de 1, 2 et 3 vins pendant 18 mois minimum
Rendement moyen: 25 hl / ha
Densité de plantation : 5 500 ceps à l’hectare
Production annuelle : 4 000 bouteilles
Toutes nos vendanges sont manuelles avec des tris avant la mise en caisses.
Il n’y a pas de chaptalisation.

Sourced from Domaine Guiberteau

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