Well rounded by six months in foudre (700-liter oak barrels), the Villes Vignes, produced from Cabernet Franc, has plush, red-cherry fruit, fine-grained tannins, and hints of pepper and licorice on the nose. Ideal wine for roasted beef and beef braised with lardoons of pork fat and mushrooms.
About this wine producer: When we last visited Fabrice Gasnier at his home in Cravant-les-Coteaux, he had long completed the transformation of his 24-hectare estate to biodynamics, the agricultural discipline based on the teachings of Rudolph Steiner, who is best known today as the founder of the Waldorf Schools. “Biodynamics, according to Fabrice, “seeks to strengthen the vitality and resistance of plants, by improving natural exchanges. It also makes the vine receptive in the cosmos, to the lunar effect. Thus, the expression of the terroir in the grapes is optimized and is found in the wines. Biodynamic wines guarantee a good expression of the terroir.” The entire domaine received both “Ecocert” and “Demeter” certification in 2008.