Romain Guiberteau was mentored by the Foucaults of Clos Rougeard, has great terroir, practices an insane amount of dedication, and consequently, produces some of the most regal and refined Loire wines around.
Needless to say, the wines have caught on in a huge way. The wines are famous in France where they get snapped up by 3-star restaurants. The stock that makes it to the U.S. is allocated in 6 to 12 bottle quantities.
I can't think of another Loire producer who has exploded the way that Guiberteau has. When you taste the wines, it makes sense. Finding them can be the tricky thing.
We're always looking for Guiberteau's wines. Typically, it's a case here, another case there, but recently we landed a fairly good sized parcel.
Les Motelles comes from super-low yields on gravel and sand over clay. These are Guiberteau's oldest vines planted by his grandfather in 1955. Les Motelles always offers the headiest aromatics of dark cherry fruit, spice and smoky minerality.
In 2011, Les Motelles is an incredibly refined expression of Cabernet Franc endowed with an uncommon depth and finesse. Guiberteau's low yields and careful winemaking come into clear focus in the wine's density, suave tannins and overall sophistication.
It's really amazing that there's enough quantity of this to offer to a fairly wide audience. It's something that may not ever happen again. Don't miss it.
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