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a family story
Among the Mabileau, the vine's culture dates back more than four generations. Some archives from the end of the 19th century testify of the family's winemaking activity. Frédéric and Nathalie's adventure began in 1991. Together, they launched their own vineyard independently of the property of Frédéric's parents, Odette and Jean-Paul. Frédéric rents three hectares of vines belonging to Nathalie's parents. The plot is called Les Rouillères. He plants his first Cabernet Franc, which will take root on a sandy-gravelly terroir. The vineyard expanded in 1996 from three to nine hectares, then in 2003 with the retirement of Jean-Paul. He leaves his fifteen hectares of vines in the hands of his son. Also, the oldest vines of the vineyard date from 1947 and testify to the activity of Frédéric's grandfather.
our plots and their grapes variety
Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2010, Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil is located on the borders of Touraine and Anjou. Located on the right bank of the Loire, between Angers and Tours, our Frédéric Mabileau vineyard contributes to the influence of the Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil vine growing region.
Created in 1937, the communal appellation is one of the oldest recognized AOC in France. King of the grape variety of this terroir, Cabernet Franc expresses in all its aspects its splendor for our greatest happiness.
On 25 hectares, our vines are rooted in a diversity of terroirs gathering together four appellations: Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Bourgueil, Saumur and Anjou. With its wide terraces of ancient alluvium, Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil impose the Cabernet Franc. True master of the place, he dresses the village on the 1100 hectares of the vineyard. Our plot located in Bourgueil offers us a terroir richer in clay and gravel. Exclusively dedicated to the production of a single cuvée, this small piece of land reflects the expression of an old massal selection of Cabernet Franc. Because we wanted to handle Chenin for a long time, we went to look for plots in Anjou and Saumurois to make two cuvées of white wine.
At the Domaine Frédéric Mabileau, we are committed to developing a culture that listens to nature. Our work of the land is biological and biodynamic. It is not an end in itself, but a way to make the terroir speak in all authenticity. It is an approach to the living that follows the rhythms of nature. A way probably more accurate to approach it because more respectful of life.
In the footsteps of Frédéric, our vine's work is perpetuated. His vision of an authentic culture, in all humility and attentive to the rhythms of nature guides our daily lives. From the vineyard to the cellar, Frédéric passed on to us with love and passion his know-how and his rigor. The fruit is our jewel. Our role? Cut this rough diamond with the ambition to develop cuvées of high expression, elegant and refined. We do our best to give a soul to the vine and wines, mixing tradition and modernity. Making our cuvées means allowing the wines to express their character, to go deep within themselves. Over the generations, we innovate our practices in order to offer you a nectar that resembles us.
Our orientation towards organic growth reflects our vision of a natural balance of the vine, which has all the capacities to regulate itself. We do not use any insecticides to let the vine express itself in the best possible way. The natural struggle between species allows us to use products free of any synthetic organic molecules.
… and biodynamic culture
To go further in our approach, we also have put into practice a biodynamic culture. We promote methods that rebalance our vines and consolidate their immunity. The cycles of nature and the moon determien our work of the vine, our herbal preparations come to strengthen our lands. In particular, we use seedlings of rye, clover and vetch to preserve biodiversity. Our wines have been certified as organic products since 2007 and Biodyvin since 2018. As you will have understood, we make every effort to produce a quality wine, which will preserve you but also surprise you and win your heart.