90+ points John Gilman
"The 2018 Bourgueil “Chatrois” from Bertrand Galbrun is a lovely example of the vintage. Like all of Monsieur Galbrun’s vineyards, these are farmed biodynamically and certified by Demeter. The vines were planted in 1992, so they are just starting to really come into their own now, and Bertrand foot trods the grapes, uses only indigenous yeasts and raises the wine in concrete prior to bottling. The 2018 Chatrois is nicely ripe at 13.5 percent octane and offers up a deep and complex bouquet of cassis, dark berries, cigar smoke, a touch of tree bark, dark soil tones and a bit of French roast in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with lovely detail and balance, fine-grained tannins and a long, nascently complex and classic finish. This is very good Bourgueil in the making, and though it is quite approachable already, I would be inclined to tuck it away in the cellar for a handful of years and really let it blossom properly. 20202-2040."
Vinous Reverie Notes
In Bourgueil, a sleepy commune situated on the right bank of the Loire River about midway between Angers and Tours. Inspired by the uniqueness of the terroir, Bertrand Galbrun founded his eponymous domain in the area in 2005 and he now farms 3.5 hectares of 100% organic grapes. He is truly committed to the production of non-interventionist wine in order to eke out the purest, most limpid expression of grape and place. The reds of Bourgueil are elemental and visceral: they make you want to eat. They are peppery, savory, with just enough tannin to pair beautifully with a wide variety of foods. Tasting Note: Classic Cabernet Franc with bright pepper notes balanced by strawberry and earth. Pair with fresh herb salad or tomato curry.