Soils: Clay + Flint + Limestone
Vinification: Direct press, then fermented in fiberglass tanks
Aging: 6 months in tanks
Fining or Filtering: None
Sulfur: Minimal at bottling
Notes from the Importer: Xavier Courrant, a former Parisian
caviste, decided to get closer to the source by founding Domaine de L'Oubliée in 2009. After studying viticulture/oenology and working with famed vigneron Romain Guiberteau for a year, Xavier managed to purchase three plots of Cabernet Franc and a small parcel of Chenin Blanc to form a 7.14 hectare estate in the commune of
Each of the sectors features a unique terroir; in such Xavier vinifies three red wines to highlight their inherent differences. "Merci la Vie", his entry level
cuvée, comes from vines planted in 80% sand and gravel and 20% and
limestone. "Notre Histoire" is grown on calcareous clay and tuffeau limestone and "Tenue de Soirée" is grown on clay and limestone.
Xavier also tends to a small parcel of Chenin Blanc, a complete anomaly in
Bourgeuil. Appropriately, the wine is called "Existe en Blanc" (Exists in White). White wines are not permitted in the Bourgueil appellation, so this wine is sold as Vin de France. Each cuvée is named after a film or novel from Bertand Blier, the famed French director whom Xavier happens to be obsessed with.
After many years of conversion, the estate is now certified organic.
In the cellar, native yeasts have always been used, the wines are never fined or filtered and sulfites are only added in very low doses at bottling.