Cuvee Cornelius – Bourgueil
Cabernet Franc 100%
The wine story
This is a special cuvée selected from century-old vines growing on a limestone soil typical of the Loire Valley. Made by the young winemaker Eric Laurent with traditional methods and aged for twelve months in oak barrels.
The name comes from a short historical story written in 1831 by Honoré de Balzac. Maître Cornelius was King Louis 11th financier in the 15th century, that is why the king’s profile is on the label. In this story of love and greed, the king asks for some good Bourgueil wine to be served at his table.
Balzac was born in Tours and was a lover of the region, its wine and gastronomy. He wrote more than 90 books, was a great admirer of Sir Walter Scott, and inspired a lot of films. In 2022, the movie « Les Illusions perdues », received many awards in France.
Drink it with beef stew in wine sauce or a spicy tagine made with lamb shoulder. Also, with roasted duck or chicken, charcuteries and cheese.
In the center of France, the Loire Valley enjoys a mild climate giving a pleasant freshness to its wines. All the rivers and forests, the rich agriculture, prompted the kings of France to build here the beautiful Chateaux attracting visitors from the world. Several wines are produced along the Loire as it flows westward to the Atlantic Ocean…Sancerre, Chinon, Bourgueil, Saumur, Anjou, Muscadet.
Spicy and peppery, with some red berries
Taste of raspberry jam, slight acidity and tannins, with a hint of violet and liquorice in the end.