www.complicesdeloire.com

François Xavier used to run a famous Chinon estate for many years. He got the possibility with a close friend in St. Nicolas de Bourgueil to create his own venture. He started in early 2010 with the complicity of several producers in the Loire: St. Nicolas de Bourgueil, Bourgueil, Chinon, Saumur, and Touraine. Thanks to the deep and trustful relationship, he has been able to select the best plots and picked the best grapes.

Vinification is traditional. Just a good sense of capturing the fruitiness of those wines and getting soft and round tannins. By harvesting ripe and using drastic cultural methods, he was able to get the highest quality grapes.

François brought modern methods with traditional techniques.

Results are a truly boutique negociant. Thanks to that flexibility, he can adapt his portfolio by having different wines and sources. He won’t produce more if no quality if found, even if demand grows.

Quality is the motto.

Montlouis-sur-Loire L'Evanescente NV

Hand crafted from a single old vineyard. This 100% Chenin Blanc made into a delicious Montlouis Brut shows great aromas of white stone fruits. Very delicate bubbles will sparkle the mouth feeling.

100% Chenin Blanc

Montlouis-sur-Loire Claire de Lune 2014

The terroir of Montlouis offers great advantages for producing fine, well-balanced, complex Chenin Blanc wine. Using only indigenous yeast, the wine is fermented in tank to accentuate freshness and then aged in 300L French oak barrels for around 12 months. This Montlouis expresses lovely notes of white fruits and white flowers that create a great sensation on the palate. The wine is dry but has a particular richness.

100 % Chenin Blanc Location: On the plateau in Montlouis sur Loire Age of vines: 25 years old Yield: 37 Hl/Ha Soil: Flinty – Clay and Limestone Vine growing technics: Praticing organic farming Plought Vinification: Alcoholic fermentation in oak barrels Ageing: Stainless steel tank Production: 70cs

Touraine Sauvignon Pointe d'agrumes 2015

Good balance of aromas and flavors. Citrus notes and minerality, give it a mouthfeel that is focused and fresh. Ideal to pair with seafood, fish and cheese.

100 % Sauvignon Blanc
Location: Vineyards’s plot are on the Cher river in Oisly, Chateauvieux and Monthou sur Cher
Age of vines: 35 years old
Yield: 55 Hl/Ha
Soil: Sand and clay
Vine growing technics: Sustainable, plought, no synthetic chemical used
Vinification: Stainless steel tank only. Slight filtration before bottling
Alcohol: 13% ; 4.2g/L acidity and pH 3.3
Production: 2000cs

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FX Barc Pointe d’agrumes 2013 WA 215 October 2014

Touraine Sauvignon La Cuarde 2014

Great wine made of grapes grown from a single vineyard (65 year old vines) along the slope of the Cher river. This Touraine Sauvignon has been hand harvested and aged 8 months in 300 liter French oak barrel. It shows a wonderful balance of aromas of lime and exotic fruit. Yet, dry but with a rich mouth feel.

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Touraine Rose 2015

The limestone and sandy terroir of Loir et Cher offers great advantages for producing fine, well-balanced, complex Touraine rose wine. The wine is fermented in stainless steel during the month. Grown on hillsides overlooking the Loire Valley, this salmon colored dry rose is soft and pleasant to drink. Best served chilled.

50% Gamay, 25% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Franc

Vouvray Sec Pointe de Silex 2014

The limestone and flinty (silex in French) terroir of Vouvray offers great advantages for producing fine, well-balanced complex Chenin Blanc wine. Hand harvested, this wine is fermented and then aged in 400 litre French oak barels for around 8 months. This Vouvray expresses lovely notes of white flowers that create a great sensation on the palate: dry but with a particular richness.

100% Chenin Blanc

Chinon La Petite Timonerie 2013

Terrific wine made in stainless steel tank. Grapes are sourced from vineyards on gravels and limestone types of soil. Red berries, floral flavors, soft tannins, good length in mouth, everything is set at work to enhance the Cabernet Franc qualities.

100 % Cabernet Franc Location: On 2 places : Beaumont en Véron and Panzoult Age of vines: 45 years old Yield: 45 Hl/Ha Soil: Sandy and Gravels Vine growing technics: Praticing organic farming. Plought Vinification: Stainless steel tank Production: 1000 cs

Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil Les Canonnieres 2015

Red berries, floral flavors, soft tannins, good length in mouth, everything is set at work to enhances the Cabernet Franc qualities.

100 % Cabernet Franc Location: Mid and down slopes in St Nicolas Age of vines: 35 years old Yield: 50 Hl/Ha Soil: Deep gravels Vine growing technics: Sustainable, plought, no synthetic chemical used Vinification: Stainless steel tank only Balance: 13% ALC; 4.5g/L acidity and pH 3.5 Production: 1000cs

Bourgueil Les Castines 2012

Ripe and generous. A great match with game and grilled meats.

100 % Cabernet Franc
Location: Mid slopes in Benais Village
Age of vines: 50 years old
Yield : 50 Hl/Ha
Soil : Limestone and clay Vine growing technics: Praticing organic farming
Plought Vinification : Stainless steel tank
Balance: 13% ALC; 4.3 g/L acidity and pH 3.2
Production: 1000cs

Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil Terrasses de Lune 2011

Rich complex ripes black berries, well balanced, juicy tannins, nice length in mouth, a truly great expression of the terroir.

100 % Cabernet Franc
Location: Top slopes in St Nicolas
Age of vines: 50 years old
Yield: 35 Hl/Ha
Soil: Limestone
Vine growing technics: Sustainable, plought, no synthetic chemical used
Vinification: Stainless steel tank and ageing in 2 years old french oak barrel for 15 months
Balance: 13% ALC; 4.2g/L acidity and pH 3.3
Production: 200cs

Touraine Gamay 2015

Hand crafted from a single vineyard located on the slope of the Cher river. This 100% Gamay shows great aromas of red berries. Very smooth and pretty on the mouth feeling. A real sexy wine.

100% Gamay

Touraine Pinot Noir Les Collines Rouges 2013

Hand crafted from a vineyard of sand and clay soils along the slope of the Cher river. This Pinot Noir shows a good balance of aromas and flavors. 50% is aged in large oak tank for 10 months. Unfiltered wine. Red berries notes and minerality give it a mouth feel that is focused and fresh.

100 % Pinot Noir
Location: On the slopes of 3 villages along the Cher River
Age of vines: 20 years old
Yield : 35 Hl/Ha
Soil : Sandy, gravel and clay
Vine growing technics: Praticing organic farming. Plought
Vinification : Stainless steel tank and tronconic oak vats
Production: 800cs

Saumur Blanc La Petite Parcelle 2014

From a single vineyard of limestone terroir, this Saumur offers great advantages for producing fine, well-balanced complex Chenin Blanc wine. Hand harvested, this wine is fermented and then aged in 300 liter French oak barrels for about 10 months. This Saumur expresses lovely notes of white citrus fruits and flowers that create special sensation on the palate; dry, but with a particular richness.

100% Chenin Blanc

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