Domaine de la Petite Mairie, is owned and managed by Corinne and James Petit, an enthusiastic couple who passionately care for their vines in the Bourgueil region of France’s Loire Valley. They make elegant versions of Cabernet Franc, like this little beauty. James Petit, who took over for the retiring Jean Gambier, is a traditionalist in the cellar. His fermentations (in stainless on this cuvee) and macerations last for about 15 to 18 days, with the wines raised in a mixture of old oak “foudres” and smaller oak barrels.
The wonderfully delicate 2015 Bourgueil is very fine, in fact so elegant it is like a Burgundy with it’s graceful and ripe tannins, bright flavors and subtle floral perfume. It’s only after the second sip that you get the terroir driven Cabernet Franc character with light earthiness and faint bell pepper spiciness showing, with a medium bodied palate gaining complexity and depth in the glass. This ruby/garnet hued wine really entertains and while restrained, it makes for a great drinking Franc that can only be from one place on earth, and it’s joyous with simple country cuisine. Layers of vibrant plum, dusty cherry and tangy currant fruits, a touch of chalky stones, cedar, crushed violets, peppery elements and a vein of fennel. Best from 2018 to 2028.