Vignobles Bardet, Franc Le Maine Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2016


An outstanding wine from a brilliant St Emilion Vintage

The 2016 Franc le Maine from Vignobles Bardet has a deep purple colour, the high amount of Cabernet franc in the wine gives it a lovely freshness on the nose. It’s energetic and expressive. On the palate it’s balanced with velvety tannins and a very good length. The 2016 is ready to drink now but can easily age another 5 years. The international wine critics rate this wine up to 93 points. 14.5%

About the producer-

Roger Bardet passed on to his son Philippe a passion for growing wine, a taste for doing work well and a deep respect for the estate.

In 2008, Philippe took over Château Franc le Maine, another Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. “A subtle blend of technical innovations and environmental practices designed to reveal the treasure within our terroir.” Vignobles Bardet uses inventive practices that respect nature.

They seek to reduce the impact of their activities on the environment by adopting practices that protect nature’s balances, such as using grass as a cover crop between the rows of vines, developing hedging around the different plots to reconstitute natural ecosystems, maintaining a weather station to observe local weather patterns affecting the vines, strictly sorting waste and exploiting geothermal energy.

Still a family run affair today, with Paul-Arthur leading the way in creating new and interesting ways to market these classic wines

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