Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2017 edition review of Organic and Biodynamic Wines (see blue link below).
Benoit Courault is a young and established vigneron in Faye d’Anjou, a little village south of Angers along the Layon river. Not a son of a winemaker, early on, Ben decided to study wine. He went to Beaune. From 2003 until 2006, he worked with the famous vigneron Eric Pfifferling from Domaine L’Anglore in Tavel.
Back in his native Loire, he found 5ha of vineyards and started his estate in 2006. Benoit’s aim is to propose authentic wines of excellent quality produced with a constant concern for the natural balance of life cycles, a statement that you will find on his label “Vignes cultives dans le respect du vivant”. Ben’s practices are simple and traditional, organic farming, use of the horse, natural vinification, very little use of sulfites, no fining and no filtration.
Benoît Courault has a small 5-acre vineyard in the heart of Anjou. The grapes for this wine, Cabernet Franc and Grolleau, were hand harvested, destemmed and fermented in concrete tanks. The resulting wine has charming fresh red cherry and floral notes with good acidity and fine tannins.
This bright ruby red wine has intense, refined and fruity aromas. There are nuances of cherry, strawberry and spicy notes. In the mouth, it has a subtle attack and a fruity, light structure. There is a fresh and aromatic finish.
Clean and precise bouquet with black cherries and raspberry aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit and a silky long finish.
Deep garnet colour, fruity intense nose. Youthful and invigorating on the rounded palate.
Jewel coloured with delicate aromas of red fruit. Elegant and subtle spicy flavours are the main characteristics of this pinot noir leading to a clean, pure finish.
Brick red with ruby highlights, this wine is delicately aromatic with a redcurrant and liquorice bouquet which follows through seamlessly onto the medium bodied, elegant palate. Finishes with a firm but rounded dry finish.