Fabien Jouves’ ‘Tu Vin Plus Aux Soirees’
If you’ve read this blog in the past, you’ve known me to wax poetic about all of the worldly delights of Cabernet Franc. The grape is a mainstay in my life, one that can reveal itself differently from bottle to bottle. From earthy and peppery to rich and juicy, it’s a grape that has many costumes, yet speaks of terroir. That’s fitting, as I’m drinking Fabien Jouves’ ‘Tu Vin Plus Aux Soirees’, the wine’s label a multitude of costume masks.
This wine is Cabernet Franc from a joyous angle, thanks in part to it’s partner in assemblage, Malbec. The split is 50/50, and the two grapes make an incredible companionship resulting in beautiful red and blue fruit flavors, a velvety round texture, and an earthy nose. The wine is lush and ready to be loved by anyone—it’s crowd pleasing and inspires joy. A perfect choice for, well, a soiree!
As it should, the wine speaks to the winemaker as well. Fabien Jouves started making wine in 2006 at his family estate in Cahors, but shies away from tradition a bit by creating a variety of wines that are out of the box for the region. ‘Tu Vin Plus Aux Soirees’, is a case in point. Malbec, or Côt as the locals call it, must make up at least 70% of any wine produced in Cahors. If a winemaker chooses to break that rule, they can only put “Vin De France” on their label, and they won’t make it to a “AOC” status. By blending 50% Cabernet Franc into his 50% Malbec, Jouves is making a statement, as well as creating the wine he’s most excited about.
This wine is fun, forward, juicy, and delicious. To hell the rules!