This Cabernet Franc Loire Valley appellation, within the larger Bourgueil AOP, closely follows the contours of the village of Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil. The vineyard is within the confines of Touraine and Anjou, on the western edge of Bourgueil, on the upper terrace of the right bank of the Loire. The area consists mostly of a wide terrace of old silt deposits, with deep soil made of sand and gravel. Above the terraces, a third of the vineyard stretches across a Turonian chalk limestone hillside covered with sand. The vineyard is largely exposed to the Loire, which, in this area, becomes extremely wide where it meets the Vienne. This allows oceanic influences to be clearly felt. Slopes are covered in woodlands that protect from the north wind.
Frédéric Mabileau is an organic-certified, biodynamic grower based in Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil. Run by Frédéric and Nathalie Mabileau, with son Rémy also working in the business, the family’s winegrowing history goes back to 1620. Inspired by his father Jean-Paul Mabileau, Frédéric kicked off his own project in 1988 when he planted his vines on a parcel called Rouillères, owned by Nathalie -a name now given to the estate’s entry level Anjou Chenin Blanc and Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil Cabernet Franc. When Jean-Paul retired in 2003, Frédéric and Nathalie combined two domaines into one. Frédéric immediately took stock of the vineyard holdings, embarking on a painstaking study of the terroirs before establishing his own range of wines. Today they own 28 hectares across the Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, Bourgueil, Saumur and Anjou appellations.