Bobinet Saumur-Champigny Ruben 2019
100% Cabernet Franc. The natural wine movement is coming of age in the Loire Valley, thanks in part to upstart Sébastien Bobinet and his partner, a professional dancer-turned-vigneronne, Eméline Calvez. Heavily influenced by the godfather of natural winemaking, Jules Chauvet of the Beaujolais, and under the guidance of the Loire’s renowned Foucault brothers of Clos Rougeard, the two have added momentum to the revitalization of the AOC Saumur-Champigny. While Sébastien has long been regarded as a rising star of the region, his collaboration with Eméline since 2011—a talent in her own right—has cemented the cult status of the domaine’s wines. Bobinet is definitely in the natural wine camp as the philosophy is organic farming, low-intervention in the cellar, and no sulfur anywhere in the process. Ruben was the first wine made the duo in 2011. This wine is incredibly fruit-driven; it’s dusty raspberries, red cherries and brambles with that trademark pepper note lying cooly beneath it all. The texture is softened around the edges from one year in old barrels and the vivid fruit character is so upfront it’s like crushing berries in your mouth. This is a small parcel of mature Cabernet Franc vines and Sébastien and Eméline work wonders in nuturing these grapes into bottle. One of our favorite wines at Luckysomm.