Domaine de 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 hectares of vineyard under the name of Domaine de L’Oubliée, in the commune of Saint-Patrice, Bourgueil.
He’s been working organic from the start, also using some biodynamic philosophy. Today he has reduced his vineyards to 4 ha which he finds being a perfect size to achieve the results he wants.

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 are actually really nice to drink young – but if you’d like to store some it won’t disappoint you either. The whites are pure and vibrant – just the way we like it.

2020 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 fermentation that started on tank, and then continued in the bottle to create fine bubbles. Disgorged in may 2021, no dosage.


2019 Existe en Blanc

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

Vinification: Direct press before fermentation, then aged for 16 months in 225 liter old oak barrels.


2020 Le Bruit de Glacons Blanc

Soil: Sandy clay on Tours limestone
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Appellation: Vin de France
Age of Vines: planted 2000
Yields: 13 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermenting, then aged in 225 liter old oak barrels, bottled in April 2021.


2020 Le Bruit de Glacons Rosé

Soil: Sand and gravel
Grape: Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Vin de France
Age of Vines: Planted 1990
Yields: 13 hl/ha

Vinification: Maceration for 10 hours before press and continuous fermentation. Aged in concrete until bottling in April 2021.


2019 Merci la Vie

Soil: Sand and gravel. Clay and limestone on bottom of the hill.
Grape: Cabernet Franc
Appellation: AOC Bourgueil
Age of Vines: Planted between 1970 and 1999
Yields: 20 hl/ha

Vinification: 2,5 weeks maceration the skins in closed tanks to not extract heavy tannins. Aged on the lees in concrete before bottling in April 2021.


2018 Notre Histoire

Soil: Sand, flint and silex
Grape: Cabernet Franc
Appellation: AOC Bourgueil
Age of Vines: Planted between 1953 and 1999.
Yields: 19 hl/h

Vinification: Fermented in concrete a tank with 4 weeks of skin maceration. Aged in concrete eggs until the win was moved to assembling tanks in December 2019. Bottled in April 2020.


2017 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 weeks of skin maceration. Aged 12 months in 225-liter and 400-liter old oak barrels.