Cyril and Fabien Boisard

Domaine du Mortier

VigneronCyril and Fabien Boisard
LocationSaint Nicolas de Bourgueil (Indre-et-Loire)
Size of Domaine13 ha
TerroirContinental climate with Atlantic influence. Gravel, sand, clay and flint over Turonian chalk (tuffeau). Southern facing hillsides. 40-100m altitude.
ViticultureCertified organic (Ecocert), biodynamic (Demeter)
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The Boisard brothers Cyril and Fabien are not from a winemaking family, but both fell in love with working in the vineyard as teenagers when Dad bought a house with half a hectare of vines. They created the domaine in 1996 and have gradually expanded their holdings to 13ha employing three other full-time staff.

The brothers are passionate practitioners of biodynamic viticulture and part of a group of about ten vignerons, in Bourgueil (including Bertrand Galbrun) and Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil, who pull together to make their biodynamic preparations.

Whenever they plant vineyards, they contribute to biodiversity by planting trees such as chestnut, acacia and ash, creating a balanced eco-system to help fight pests and diseases. The vineyards lie just below the woods on an upper terrace of the right bank of the Loire.

Cyril and Fabien vinify by parcel, according to the type of soils, they use old cellars chiselled out from the local tuffeau (chalk) and age their wines in either cuves, old oak barrels, demi-muids or foudres. Sulphur (elemental from a mine in Poland) is only used at bottling, a minimal dose of 10mg/l. All the wines are unfiltered and have notable finesse with incredible purity of fruit.

We offer three cabernet francs from three different soil types: Sables on sandy soil, Graviers on gravel, and Dionysos on clay-limestone.

Domaine du Mortier Wines

Domaine du Mortier

Les Sables
100% Cabernet Franc (11.88% alc.)

Working the vines biodynamically, and from sandy soils overlying limestone, Fabien Boisard here looks for a wine very much on the fruit using 80% free run juice from the press, 10% vin de presse, and vinifying 10% by carbo and whole bunches. It is just such a pleasure and easy to drink, with crunchy, sappy raspberry and cherry fruit, and with low alcohol a bonus. It’s perfect for drinking served cellar cool or lightly chilled.

Domaine du Mortier

Les Graviers
100% Cabernet Franc (12.93% alc.)

The Boisard family have 13 ha of biodynamically worked vine split across 28 parcels. Their wines are all marked by an incredible purity of fruit, low alcohol, silky tannins and are unfined and unfiltered. This wine was given five days longer maceration than the Sables and was aged in 13-15yo barrels. It feels very at ease, with elegant, natural fruit, so easy to drink. Very low sulphur of around 25 mg/l total using elemental sulphur from a Polish mine.

Domaine du Mortier

100% Cabernet Franc (12.5% alc.)

Mortier’s top cuvée comes from 60yo vines planted in a limestone clay soil. Destalked, crushed by foot in large open wooden vats, it was given a maceration of 20 days, then oak aged in 2-6yo barrels for 18 months, before bottling with no filtration, no fining and very low sulphur. The fruit still has a natural quality like the Graviers, but there is clearly more density and weight. For drinking now to 2023.

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