Château de Brézé - 2014 Saumur Rouge, ‘Clos Tue-Loup’
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Inside the Bottle: If you like Cabernet Franc and red Burgundy, the red wines from the hill of Brézé are a must try. Of course, these wines come from the Loire Valley but there is a similarity in polish and nobility of Burgundy with the red’s of Brézé.
If the proper time is given to this wine to open up it will overflow with high-toned, fresh red and black fruits, followed with rich, red flowers and softer notes of black earth, gravel, meat and iodine. The wine is raised in old oak barrels to keep the savory earth and pure fruit notes fully intact. During fermentation, it was extracted a mere three times, a strong move to further encourage the purity and precision of the wine. In typical Brézé fashion, the acidity reigns over the tannic structure. Indeed, the tannins are present but they are smoothly polished and serve as a supporting role for the wine’s striking and refined acidity. Clos du Tue-Loup is a “tour de force” in the ethereal department of Cabernet Franc and while there are many examples of this grape that try to make up for their lack of noble terroir, Arnaud works to let Brézé do most of the speaking for the wine.
Terroir: Again, tuffeau limestone is the biggest key ingredient here. In the Clos du Tue-Loup, it sits below a good dose of clay supported by sand and larger limestone rocks. This structure allows more power and depth to the wine compared to a more sandy site.