Pierre BorelLoire, France

Pierre is the definition of the small grower. He works alone, tending to a single 2-hectare parcel of young-vine Cabernet Franc in a beautiful walled garden in the heart of Bourgueil. Pierre has obtained his organic certification, which is aided no end by the vineyard’s seclusion; the sleepy village to one side of the walls and woodland to the other, meaning no risk of contamination from neighbouring growers who aren’t following the same practises. He works under the AOC of Bourgueil as he believes his wines are true to the style of the region, although most certainly on the more expressive side.

Simplicity is key here - Pierre makes only one wine, and seeks to vinify in as straightforward a way as possible. The sandy limestone gravel soils yield fragrant fruit which is fermented in a simple chai (basically a shed) that comprises one large tank of stainless steel and one of fibreglass. The wine is racked of the skins after a couple of weeks and is bottled from tank, with no barrel ageing. Pierre’s wine is honest, understated and everything we love about Cabernet Franc from this part of France; plush, herbaceous and, as his vines mature, growing deeper and more complex with each passing vintage.

Pierre Borel Wines

Pierre Borel
'Clos de Pavée' Bourgueil 2021

A fresh, young-vine Bourgueil with plenty of bright red cherry fruit, herbaceous capsicum aromas and dark chocolate bitters in the finish. Plush, bright and an incredibly versatile wine for the table. Find out more.

  • Region Bourgueil, Loire, France
  • Grapes Cabernet Franc
  • Vineyard Organic
  • Cellar Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, minimal additional sulphites