She is a woman that leads a double life at top speed: one week on the outskirts of Brussels, the next in Ingrandes-de-Touraine, in the Loire valley, and then back to the fold. Kathleen Van den Berghe, who trained as a construction engineer, dropped her career in business in 2010 to take up wine making. With her husband Sigurd Mareels, she breathed new life into the Château de Minière, which lies in the PDO Bourgueil. Their 18 hectares of vines are all Cabernet Franc. The vineyard has been certified as organic since 2013.
Wine that can age well made from 50-year-old Cabernet Franc vines. Matured for 12 months, in oak barrels and stainless steel vats (assembly of the whole 3 months before bottling).
Deep in colour. The nose presents notes of blackcurrant and toasted notes. The palate is both fresh and structured with present tannins. The finish is long and very aromatic with hints of spices and pepper.
Good to go with lamb chops, seared tuna, baked trout, rabbit, roast guinea fowl, roast beef, Rigatoni with summer squash, spicy sausage and goat cheese – you name it!