Sylvain Dittière highlights his best Cabernet Franc plots in this second vintage of Les Pouches Red made from 100% Cabernet Franc. Grown organically on sand and clay, this variety planted on a hillock at the exit of Montreuil-Bellay offers vines 70 years old for one part and 20 years old for the other.
A minimalist approach is used during winemaking and aging. Vinification is done in concrete vats then decanted by gravity into new and old Bordeaux and Loire barrels for 24 months.
A pinch of sulphur is added before bottling (less than 20 mg/L).
What you can expect:
Powerful nose around fresh cherries and blackcurrants with pleasant minerality and spices at the opening. The tannins are very fine and silky, it is a well-constructed wine with great persistence!
About La Porte Saint Jean | France
La Porte Saint-Jean is owned by Sylvain Dittière, one of the brightest vignerons in the Loire Valley, whose companion happens to be Pauline Foucault – daughter of the legendary Charly Foucault, founder of Clos Rougeard.
After racking up some impressive apprenticeships with iconic natural winemakers, Sylvain returned home in 2010 to purchase vineyards and start his own domaine. It was in “Les Beaugrands”, a 3-hectare parcel in Saumur-Champigny, that he found what he was looking for. Today he has expanded his vineyards to 8.5 hectares, the maximum he will allow himself. He works with old-vine Chenins (60 to 90 years old) and 40+/-year-old Cabernet Franc vines, and viticulture is strictly organic. Sylvain believes in long ageing in used barrels, as he feels that his wines need the time in barrel to reach their full potential. His red wines express an elegance, finesse and delicate silkiness that liken them as much to Pinot Noir as to Cabernet Franc; the whites are vibrant, fresh and elegant.