In a nutshell: A rich, rounded and rewarding biodynamic red from South West France.
The lowdown: In a nod to their proximity to Bordeaux, an hour or so north, this is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Following fermentation stainless steel it's been allowed to mature in large oak cask, or foudres as they're known. Acquiring, along the way, a mellow garnet hue it's also gained striking leathery and rich prune aromas to add to the plump fruity flavours. It finishes on a soft and ripe note nicely in keeping with the overall character of the wine.
When to drink: A good partner to rich and hearty stews and casseroles.
Situated on the slopes of Sainte-Colombe-en-Bruilhois in the south eastern corner of the Buzet appellation near the Garonne about half way between Bordeaux and Toulouse is this Biodynamic domaine has been run by Magali Tissot and her partner Ludovic Bonnelle since 197 after they took the reins from Magaili's father Daniel.
No fertilizers have been used for twenty years, only natural yeasts and bacteria is winemaking and bottling is done without filtration. Only minimal amounts of sulphur and copper are used and minimal intervention is very much their watchword. Among just a handful of growers in the area that work naturally their wines certainly reflect the character of the region.