Domaine de la Petite Mairie, Bourgueil, “Butte de Tyron”

Loire Valley, France 2015

If, like me, you are a Burgundy lover who’s also enthralled with top-tier Loire Valley Cabernet Franc from legends like Olga Raffault and Clos Rougeard, don’t let today’s offer elude you. While Domaine de la Petite Mairie is a small “farmhouse” producer with little global distribution, the estate is widely regarded as a historically important pioneer in the appellation.

Today’s cuvée epitomizes this region’s inimitable minerality and perfectly articulated fruit. There is no disputing that Cabernet Franc achieves its most thrilling heights in the Loire Valley villages of Chinon, Saumur, and Bourgueil. While the best wines from these appellations lean on a familiar combination of Cabernet and limestone, Bourgueil is the only appellation dedicated exclusively to red varieties. And despite being the least recognized of the three, Bourgueil tends to offer an extra dose of tannic grip and savory/mineral aromatics, making it an “insider” destination for both value and undeniable quality. Today’s bottle ups the ante with ancient vines, an attention to detail and depth that belies its refreshingly modest price tag, and a perfect five-star vintage that delivers a boldness of Burgundy-like fruit seldom witnessed in the region. It’s a winner!

[**PLEASE NOTE: Today’s wine will ship from California the week of Monday, July 23rd. Limit 12 bottles]

Few wine enthusiasts in the US are deeply versed in the wines of Bourgueil, but Domaine de la Petite Mairie is both a pioneer and widely respected producer in the region. This estate has long mastered a classic, complex, and deeply layered style of Cabernet Franc without ever chasing trends or sacrificing tradition. The cuvée presented today, “Butte de Tyron,” is sourced from a one-hectare parcel, which produces only a few hundred cases per year. Grapes ferment in stainless steel tanks that are not temperature-controlled (“it’ll happen when it happens”) and are then transferred to massive, 60+-year-old, 5,000-liter French foudres. After approximately 15 months of aging, "Butte de Tyron" is bottled without fining or filtration. 

Domaine de la Petite Mairie’s 2015 "Butte de Tyron" shines a bright magenta with soft purple and ruby hues at the rim. The nose is incredibly fresh and ripe with notes of just-picked red plums, purple flowers, black raspberry, red currant, fresh cherries, cocoa dust, blueberry compote, tobacco leaf, graphite, black and green peppercorn, and crushed rocks. On the palate, you’ll experience an endless mouthful of electrifying wild berry fruit alongside a rush of fine-grained tannins and crunchy rock minerality. "Butte de Tyron" is such a polished take on Cabernet Franc, but in the generous 2015 vintage, there’s a plushness and accessibility here that will appeal to lovers of Burgundy and top Cru Beaujolais. It’s both a phenomenal choice for “pop and pour” consumption in the near term, but don’t hesitate to give this wine a long leash in the decanter and your cellar. And a word to the wise: enjoy this bottle at 55-60 degrees and you’ll never again have doubts about the importance of serving wine at a specific temperature; it makes a world of difference. This wine will sing with a variety of dishes but something about this 2015 begs for pork chops. Enjoy!
Print Tasting Notes
Loire Valley —Touraine
Cabernet Franc 100%
Old Foudres
Limestone & Clay
Lutte Raisonnée
Service Temperature
Burgundy Stem
Drinking Window