Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Wine of the Week: Bertrand Galbrun "Antidote" Grolleau

The Galbrun "Antidote" is made out of 100% Grolleau, a grape not often vinified as a red wine and instead used in the production of Rosé d'Anjou. This dark-skinned grape which is grown almost exclusively in Loire, has a low alcohol content and a high acidity; and produces a light yet vibrant red wine, with note of plum and berries with a savory, earthy finish. Served chilled, the Antidote pairs well with pate, red peppers and goat cheese, and grilled meats.    

In Bourgueil, a sleepy commune situated on the right bank of the Loire River about midway between Angers and Tours, we see the mainstay grape, Cabernet Franc, produced in its apogee. Inspired by the uniqueness of the terroir, Bertrand Galbrun founded his eponymous domain in the area in 2005 and he now farms 3.5 hectares of 100% organic grapes. He is truly committed to the production of non-interventionist wine in order to eke out the purest, most limpid expression of grape and place. The reds of Bourgueil, which can include up to 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, are elemental and visceral: they make you want to eat. They are peppery, savory, with just enough tannin to pair beautifully with a wide variety of foods.


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