Piak has in other years been Bobinet’s youngest, crunchiest, thirst-slaking Saumur Cab Franc - this year they’ve mixed it up completely, still using Cabernet Franc but in the ‘blanc de noir’ style - that crazy alchemy of making a white wine from red grapes. Caution: this one is almost impossible to drink slowly.
Sebastien and Émeline have vines planted around Saumur on the banks of the Loire. Their cellar in Beaulieu is a cave that is dug about 500m deep into the soft limestone cliffs. Inside the temperature is a stable 12 degrees all year round – perfect for making wine with minimal chemical intervention. The soil in their vineyards is the same limestone but of varying ages and densities. When he inherited his tiny surface of vines in 2003 Seb wanted to work the land and make his wines with the utmost respect for nature and his juice. Over time their vineyard surface has expanded to around 4 hectares but they continue to work with the same philosophy and dedication making Cabernet Francs of great purity.