2018 Manoir de la Tete Rouge 'Tête de Lard' Saumur-Puy-Notre-Dame

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Garnet red color, note of undergrowth of slightly animal roasting. The palate is silky vivid complex and rich. Tannins are present granular without astringency. The texture is chalky and the finish is long.

Cabernet Franc
Guillaume Reynouard
12 months
Oak Treatment:
Frenc Oak
Loire Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Cabernet Franc
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750 ml Bottle

Wine Advocate

Green asparagus and earthy notes intermixed with dark berry aromas open the 2018 Saumur Puy Notre Dame Tête de Lard, which benefits from aeration. Black-red in color, the unfiltered wine aged in old barrels for 12 months and was bottled in April last year. It is a concentrated, enormously juicy and fruity-intense red wine with a velvety texture and fruit aromas of blue berries, blackcurrants, elderberries and cowberries. The soft tannins are completely interwoven with the viscous texture of this very particular red that is so soft, sweet and fruity, as if it were still fermenting. I'd cellar it for several years and assume that at 10+ years old could be the right moment to enjoy this biodynamic wine, although I also recommend tasting a bottle every second year or so to see how this natural product develops. Tasted in June 2021.