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We called it “Figure Libre” because we have chosen the freedom of creation and expression, combining the subtleness of the Loire with the bold character of the Languedoc.
Away from the rigours of the appellation, in 2004 we planted the grape varieties which we felt would be the best suited, those most able to reveal the expression and the qualities of our Brugairolles sandstone terroir. Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc, rarely grown in the region, originate from the Loire Valley, home of Winemaker Vincent Chansault.

Vintage

2020

Grape Variety

100% Cabernet Franc

Tasting notes

Opaque, perfumed with fragrant black cherry, cassis and spice.  Full bodied, intense with countless layers of flavour including blackcurrant, cedar and graphite.

Organic & vegan wine

Certified organic wine and vegan friendly

Press and Awards

Decanter, Jan. 2021 : 92/100 “A gorgeously perfumed nose here, soft touches of flowers and cherries, with an almost smoked, charred touch. This is full bodied with complex layers of red and black fruit - blackcurrants, strawberries and cherries, baking spices and stony, mineral acidity that keeps things super lively and fresh. Elegant and characterful and seriously easy to drink - one I immediately wanted a glass of.”
Jancis Robinson, Oct. 2022 : 17/20 "It’s redcurrants so ripe that a sip is like a teaspoon of redcurrant jam, but the acidity is the violin that cuts through the sweetness with taut, long strings. It’s a kohl pencil thickly lining the curve under smoky eyes instead of a school pencil writing sharply sparse words on the pages of a textbook. It’s throaty warm, Thai-basil cool. Cabernet Franc at its most sensuous, without losing an inch of balance."
Gold Medal - Concours International des Cabernets 2019 (CIDC) - Figure Libre Cabernet Franc 2017

Tasting notes

Opaque, perfumed with fragrant black cherry, cassis and spice.  Full bodied, intense with countless layers of flavour including blackcurrant, cedar and graphite. Dense fruit on the palate is bound by a structure of fine grained tannins and a lively acidity.  This wine shows great depth and character and yet is refined with a long, elegant finish.

Vinification process

The taste and flavours of the grapes determine the harvest date and orientate our wine making to allow the quality of the fruit to express freely in the wine - totally natural process.

Vineyards

Organic Wine certified by FR-BIO 10., Sandstone of Brugairolles at 200m altitude.

Ageing

20% in new Oak, 20% in wooden vat and 60% in 1 and 2 year old Oak barrels - The wines are racked and bottled according to the phases of the moon and on fruit or root days.

Further information

  • Alcohol : 14%
  • Total acidity H2SO4 : 3.47 g/L
  • pH : 3.71
  • Level of sulphur : 37 mg/L
  • Residual sugar : 0.54 g/L