Fabre Montmayou Reserva Cabernet Franc 2016
Short version: $12, as in, TWELVE American dollars (we’ll consider taking Euros, though, if you like). 96 POINTS Decanter! Spicy, fragrant, silky Argentinian goodness!
Longer version: $12, as in, TWELVE American dollars. 96 POINTS Decanter! (kidding, but seriously, that is crazy). Hervé Joyaux Fabre, owner and director of Fabre Montmayou, was born in Bordeaux, France to a family of wine negociants. When he arrived in Argentina in the early 90s looking for opportunities to invest in vineyards and start a winery, he was impressed by the potential for Malbec in Mendoza, and shocked by the number of neglected top notch old vine vineyards available for purchase. He started buying them up, and today is a huge landholder and produces under several different estates.
Anywho, we had an opportunity to taste this and, as sometimes happens, our staff finished the bottle in record time (we have to remember to hide this stuff!). Taking that as confirmation of how good this juice is, we bought as much as we could after negotiating a sweet little price. C’mon, 96 points!
** Got some? Good. This will go uber-quick.
PIE! As in Mom’s blackberry pie, with baking spices, grilled herbs, sweet tea, cloves, and a warm, easy-drinking personality. So good! Insane price! While it lasts…!
Technical DetailsCountry: Argentina
Appellation: Luján de Cuyo
Blend: 100% Cab Franc
Varietal: Cabernet Franc
Aging/Cooperage: 60% of the wine is aged in French oak barrels
About The Producer
Hervé Fabre knew he needed to act immediately. Within months he purchased the first of what would be many old vine, high elevation vineyard sites under his control - An impeccable 37 acre spread in Vistalba planted with original rootstock Malbec vines in 1908.
Shortly after, Herve built a Chateau style winery on the property and continued purchasing old vine parcels throughout the country. A Patagonian winery was constructed in the Rio Negro region ten years later. At present the family owns 217 acres of vineyard land in Mendoza (Vistalba, Compuertas, Tupungato) and 122 acres in Patagonia (Allen, General Roca). All wines are estate grown, farmed using traditional methods without the use of herbicides, and fermented with native yeasts.
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