Domaine des Baumard Clos de la Folie 2018, Anjou, Loire Valley, France

Baumard’s Anjou Rouge Le Logis (named after the family home – Logis de la Giraudière) is a wine of immediate pleasure. Produced predominantly from Cabernet Franc, the wine exhibits that grape’s quintessential aromas of blackberries and graphite, with supple flavors of savory herbs and brambleberries. A gentle wine with forceful character, it is delicious served slightly cool with charcuterie or lighter cheeses. Baumard”s Le Logis Anjou Rouge is produced from fruit grown in the estate vineyards directly behind the home (Le Logis) as well as from neighboring estate vineyards 15 acres in total. The soils here are a type of old volcanic stone known as Greseaux Schist, which imparts strong minerality and gentle smokiness to the wine. Note that in great vintages (1989, 1997, 2005, 2018) the home vineyard parcel – known as Clos de la Folie – is bottled separately.