Côme Isambert Cristal Closed
Regular price $31.00
Winemaker: Côme Isambert
Appellation: Saumur-Champigny, Loire Valley, France
Grape Varieties: Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc is perhaps the least known of the grapes used in Bordeaux blends, though it really excels on its own in the Loire Valley. This wine is the last vintage made from Clos Cristal, one of the most storied plots in Saumur, before it was taken over (more or less forcefully) by the local cooperative. The land had been certified organic since 2001 and farmed biodynamically for many years. This wine would pair well with roast or grilled red meat, particularly with a grilled steak (prime rib, strip steak) or last lamb.
Côme is a négociant-winemaker who has spent more than a decade working in the world of organic agriculture. He began to produce his own organic wines in 2013 in Saumur, producing around 6,000 bottles per year.
He buys his grapes from 4 different organic growers, and from there he manages everything- from the picking of the grapes to the bottling of his wines, not to mention the sales!
The grapes used are traditional in his part of the Loire Valley: Cabernet Franc and Grolleau are used for the reds (and for a sparkling rosé) and Chenin Blanc is used for his whites.
Côme's winemaking ability, in combination with the chalky and schist terroirs of Saumur, leads to wines that are a perfect representation of the outstanding potential and diversity that can be found in the Loire Valley!