Domaine L’Oubliée, Bourgueil

Xavier Courant is a former Parisian caviste who decided to get closer to wine. He studied viticulture and oenology for one year and thereafter worked with legendary Romain Guiberteau in Saumur – where he almost unlearned everything he’d been taught in school (!).

In 2009 Xavier managed to purchase three major plots of Cabernet Franc and a small parcel of Chenin Blanc. Nowadays Xavier runs his 6,4 hectare estate Domaine de L’Oubliée in the commune of Saint-Patrice, Bourgueil.

He’s working passionately to convert his entire state to organic viticulture, also using biodynamic practices. Unlike in the vineyards, there’s not much going on in the cellars except grapes being put into a tank.
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The results are fruit driven, extremely pure and expressive Cabernet Francs that’s actually really nice to drink young – but if you like to keep some it won’t disappoint you either. The whites are pure and vibrant – just the way we like it.”

2016 Petnat ’Les Valseuses’

Soil: Clay, silex and flint, 0,65 ha vineyard
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Appellation: Vin de France
Age of Vines: planted in 2003
Yields: 13 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermentatoin that started on tank, and then continued on bottle to create fine bubbles. Disgorged in spring 2017, no dosage.


2015 Existe en Blanc

Soil: Clay and flint
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Appellation: Vin de France
Age of Vines: 8 years
Yields: 13 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermenting, then aged for 12 months in 225-liter old oak barrels.


2016 Merci la Vie

Soil: Sand and gravel. Clay and limestone on bottom of the hill.
Grape: 70% Cabernet Franc, 20% Grenache, 10% Gamay
Appellation: Vin de France
Age of Vines: Planted between 1970 and 1999
Yields: 20 hl/ha

Vinification: 3 weeks carbonic maceration for sand and gravel soil grapes, 4 week skin maceration for clay and limestone. Aged 6 months on the lees in concrete before bottling in April 2017. 2016 was a very small vintage and gave very low yields in many parts of France. Therefore Xavier bought some organic Grenache grapes from a friend in Rhône and also some Gamay from another friend in Loire-et-Cher. So this is a rare blend that’s the result of a though year.


2014 Notre Histoire

Soil: Calcareous clay and tuff eau limestone.
Grape: Cabernet Franc
Appellation: AOC Bourgueil
Age of Vines: Planted between 1953 and 1999.
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: Fermented in concrete tank with 4 week skin maceration. Aged 10 months in concrete tank before bottling.


2014 Tenue de Soirée

Soil: Clay and limestone, full south exposition
Grape: Cabernet Franc
Appellation: AOC Bourgueil
Age of Vines: Planted between 1953 and 1999.
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: Fermented in concrete tanks with 4 week skin maceration. Aged 12 months in 225-liter and 400-liter old oak barrels.