Babass Rock Cab
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Region: Loire Valley, France
Grape varieties: 100% Cabernet Franc
Babass Rock Cab is a super-natural take on Cabernet Franc from one of the Loire Valley’s best winemakers. Unfined, unfiltered, and no SO2.
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About Babass Rock Cab
Babass Rock Cab is a super-natural take on Cabernet Franc from one of the Loire Valley’s best winemakers. Unfined, unfiltered, and no SO2 added.
About Les Vignes de Babass
The man behind Les Vignes de Babass is Sebastien Dervieux but people know him as Babass. He was initially a musician but now he is making wines in Beaulieu-sur-Layon just south of Angers, near where the Layon river flows into the Loire. He started as a winemaker for Les Griottes along with Patrick Desplats in 2000. The two of them were rebels in Anjou, as they skipped sulfites during the whole vinification. Babass now makes his own wines from Chenin, Cabernet Franc, and Grolleau where some were planted already around 1956 or 1957. His wines taste amazing and are as natural as a wine can be with the hands of humans.
Babass is together with Jean-Christophe Garnier the organizers of the event Les Vins Anonymes in Angers. Les Vins Anonymes is basically a gathering of similarly-minded artisan vignerons making wine without sulfites and working naturally all along, including in the vineyard.
About Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc is a black-skinned French wine grape variety grown in most wine-producing nations. The variety is most famously known as the third grape of Bordeaux and can be found in many of the world’s top Bordeaux Blend wines. It most commonly appears in blended red wines, where it adds herbaceous accents of tobacco and dark spice.
The variety prefers cool, inland climates such as the Loire Valley. The appellations of Chinon (in Touraine) along with Saumur and Saumur-Champigny (in Anjou) are important bastions of varietal Cabernet Franc wines. The wines are prized for their aromas of ripe berry and sweet spices. Top examples can also be found in the Anjou Villages appellation, and in Bourgueil and Saint-Nicolas de Bourgeil in Touraine. Lighter examples from these regions generally exhibit graphite and red licorice notes, with darker wines showing more cigar and leather aromas.
The local Loire Valley name for Cabernet Franc is Breton. This is not a reference to Bretagne, the region just northwest of the Loire, but the name of the man credited with bringing the variety to popularity in the 17th Century. Abbot Breton of Bourgueil Abbey planted and tended to his vines with such care that local vine growers followed his lead. They began producing what was to become the Loire Valley’s signature style of red wine.