We think the wines of Jean-François Mérieau are amongst the most interesting in Touraine. They are beautifully made and each cuvee has an eye catching modern art label that reflects the wine inside. Jean-François spent some time working outside France, including an extended stay in South Africa. He has applied this experience to his work in the Loire, where he is keen to preserve its viticultural heritage and tradition, working with less fashionable varieties and small plots of old vines. The wines in the range are available in small quantities, but present a refreshingly different view of what the Loire can offer. His Cot (Malbec) is produced from old vines and challenge perceptions of what can be achieved with this grape within the Loire region. Cent Visage reveals complex floral (violet), black fruit and mineral aromas supported by judicious use of oak and an elegant palate framed with supple tannins. Grand Champs is a classic Cabernet Franc with a touch of Cot in the blend, sometimes indicated on the label, sometimes not, (at the whim of the bottling line, we suspect!) produced from old vines located on the plateau above the Cher river. It is denser than classic Chinon, with a blackfruit profile and brooding structure.
- 2010 Cent Visage Malbec
- 2008 Champs Mars Cabernet Franc