Red Wine – Anjou Villages Brissac Domaine de Fesle 75cl
- Characteristic varieties: Cabernet Franc, the dominant red variety in Val de Loire, called “Breton” in the Anjou/Saumur region.
- The terroir: At the Fesle estate, 18 ha are planted on the southern slope. The estate’s clay-limestone soils are very well suited to the Cabernet Franc variety.
- The estate: The Château la Varière, a family vineyard, covers 110 ha. Anjou Villages Brissac Reflets de France has its origins in a former winemaking structure on the property, Domaine de Fesle. The vineyards are planted with grass to help preserve the quality of the environment. The grass helps support optimal maturity in the grapes. After a long maceration of three to four weeks at a controlled temperature, the wine is vinified and matured in a vat for optimum expression of the variety’s aromas and to preserve the specificity of the chalky terroir.
- The people: The fifth generation to work the vineyard, owner-winemaker Jacques Beaujeau vinifies over 10 appellations at Château la Varière and Domaine de la Perruche. His vinifications are recognized in all wine styles: dry and sweet whites; supple and strong reds.
An adept of modern vinification methods but always with a sense of balance, he attaches great importance to respect for the terroir.
Having won many competitions both in France and abroad, Jacques Beaujeau also competed for the title of best winemaker in the most prestigious English contest, the International Wine and Spirit Competition, in 2003.
- The wine: Deep, bright dark ruby robe.
A delicate nose, expressive of ripe red and black berries against a discreet undertone of sweet spices.
Full mouthfeel with tender, fleshy and crisp fruit.
Harmonious tannins with a slightly peppery finish.
- Food pairing: White and red meats, grilled or in a sauce. Fish in red sauces. Soft cheeses with a surface mould.