Domaine Frédéric Mabileau, Wines with a Great Family History
For the Mabileau family, winemaking has been a true way of life for four centuries. Today, Frédéric represents the latest generation of winemakers. His ancestors worked in vineyards but when Frédéric decided to follow their path, he chose to plant his own vineyard. The vineyards of Domaine Frédéric Mabileau cover an area of 28 hectares in Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, in the Loire Valley. Frédéric managed the vineyard in collaboration with his father Jean-Paul, but when as his father retired, the wineries became one.
The Terroir of Domaine Frédéric Mabileau
Domaine Frédéric Mabileau produces wines in two appellations. Cabernet Franc in the main grape variety grown in the Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil appellation, with a small proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon plnated as well. In the Anjou appellation, Chenin Blanc is grown to make a still and a sparkling wine. The vineyards soils are very diverse, most of the lower land is made of gravel and the grapes typically produces fruity wines. Domaine Frédéric Mabileau’s vineyards are predominantely clay and produce high-quality grapes for the Cuvée Eclipse, which is a truly complex wine.
The Passion for Organic Wines at Domaine Frédéric Mabileau
The Domaine Frédéric Mabileau winery started its journey towards organic agriculture in 2005 and is now fully organic. They do not use any chemicals in the vineyard and the winery and all grapes are hand-harvested. They still value some traditional methods such as aging the wines in oak barrels.