Domaine Stephane Guion

We first became addicted to the wines from Bourgueil when we shared a bottle over a pleasant lunch in Paris.

When we planned our first Loire excursion we looked for an organic producer from this area and Stéphane Guion seemed to fit the bill perfectly having been one of the first to adopt organic practices in this area. The Bourgueil appellation area is centered on the village of the same name which lies to the west of Tours. It is a red wine only appellation.

He only produces two cuvees of red wine from his aged vines which range from 35 to 80 years old.

Stéphane is a quiet, thoughtful man who takes his winemaking very seriously and we think that results speak for themselves.

His wines are natural because the vines are tended organically (and have been since 1965), he only uses the natural yeasts on the fruit to ferment the wines and there are no additives with the exception of very low amounts of sulphur added during bottling to preserve the wine on its long journey out here. He has certification from Ecocert for his organic vineyard as shown on the labels.

And, even though these wines are sold at a very, very good price, they will last for many years if you want to tuck a few away. We have tried examples of Stephane's wines that are over 25 years old and they are still fresh, vibrant and exciting to drink.

These two wines represent the most sensational value for money you are likely to find. They are great wines at a great price!

Domaine Stéphane Guion Bourgueil Cuvee Domaine Rouge 2014

The vines used to produce the Domaine cuvée are between nearly 20 years old to nearly 50 years old. They thrive in limestone soils that have been organic since 1965.

This wine is produced from 100% Cabernet Franc and shows hints of raspberries and cherries on the nose. There are fine tannins providing structure to the wine and the wonderful fruit shines through. Drink this wine with good cheese or a roast dinner. No oak is used in the production of this wine. It represents amazing value for money at this price!

As usual Chambers St Wines in New York rave about this wine and particularly this vintage:

"The 2014 happily rivals the 2009, 2010 and 2012 vintages for absolute awesomeness! Beautiful red/black color. Lovely deep red currant and blackberry aromas with violets, pepper, earth, bitter chocolate, licorice and leafy notes. The palate is round and supple with deep berry fruit framed in firm chalky acids, earth flavors and saline minerals. Terrific length - this is just a superb young Bourgueil."

RRP: SOLD OUT

Certified organic by Ecocert

Domaine Stéphane Guion Bourgueil Rosé 2014

This is the first time that we have ever been able to import some of Stéphane's delicious rosé. He has allocated a small quantity of his rapidly diminishing stocks of this Cabernet Franc and we anticipate that it will sell very quickly.

This is a strongly mineral driven wine where the effects of the beautiful limestone soils are clearly evident. Remember that his vineyards have been tended organically for over 50 years and the quality of the soil and the quality of the fruit is a direct benefit of this organic treatment.

The result is an incredibly fresh wine even after two years with a fine core of acidity that is keeping the wine alive. You will detect strawberry and stone fruit aromas with hints of spice and citrus on the finish.

This is an excellent wine at a very reasonable price considering the quality.

RRP: SOLD OUT

Domaine Stéphane Guion Bourgueil Cuvee Prestige Rouge 2013

This wine is also 100% Cabernet Franc but has had some oak treatment (old oak barrels, never new oak) and is produced from older vines than the Domaine (these are up to 80 years old). This is a fine, savoury wine with lovely tannins and good length on the palate. There is a streak of acidity running through this wine that will ensure that it will last for many, many years. It represents excellent value for money and is currently drinking very well, but will also last for a considerable time in the cellar.

Here is a quote from a recent Chambers Street Wines Newsletter about the 2013 vintage:

"Stephane Guion has made a superb Cuvee Prestige that can be enjoyed immensely in its youth or after twenty years or more in the cellar. Light to medium body, low alcohol and high acidity, as usual! Aromas of strawberry and red-currant liqueur, violet and black pepper that open to hints of coffee, fresh herbs, tobacco and roast meat. The palate shows firm acidity framing chalky berry fruits that linger with saline minerals and raspberry/red currant flavors."

RRP: $29

Certified organic by Ecocert