Hanami – 100% Cabernet Franc. – Bright, floral, red plum, herby
The domaine was formed in 2002 when Sebastien took over 1.8 hectares of vineyard and cellar from his maternal grandparents who had retired 15 years previously. The decision to work organically was imperative especially under the influence of Olivier Cousin. Sebastien started off with 1.5 hectares of Cabernet Franc and 0.3 hectare of Chenin Blanc which he vinified in the domaine’s historic cellar carved in the tuffeau (limestone) of the Coteaux of Saumur. These wines which are aged in barrels gave birth to the first cuvées Amateus Bobi and Echalier. In 2007 his thirst for experimentation led him to meet Bernard Pontonnier “Ponpon” who introduced him to the process of carbonic maceration. Next came time to expand. In 2010 Sebastien took over a tenancy of 2 hectares of Cabernet Franc. He also wanted to vinify grape varieties other than Cabernet and Chenin and decided to buy some Pineau d’Aunis Gamay and Cot. Du Rififi a Beaulieu was born!