One of the Champion producers of Chinon in the Loire Valley. An appellation making wines of unlikely depth and structure from Cabernet Franc. These are wines that offers layers of flavour, intricate mouthfeel and balance. They are well crafted but may take a bit of time to fully appreciate their quality as they skillfully avoid obvious or clumsy characters.
An understated Chinon! Lots of nuances of blood orange, ironstone, roses and red flowers, the palate is very clean and linear with a corset of tannins that cleanse your mouth. The fruit comes mainly from gravelly soils which explains the delicate perfume and light, dry and finely tannic edge. There is a small amount of clay soils which adds some richness of fruit and power on the palate and some limestone which offers perfume, purity and minerality. Sound like the complete wine? It just about is.
Cabernet Franc – Is actually one of the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon… along with Sauvignon Blanc (oh! The name makes sense now!). It is most famous for being the third most important grape in quality Bordeaux but also excels in the Loire Valley (where it lived before it went to Bordeaux), especially Chinon and Saumur. The wines are bright red in colour, highlight aromatic with raspberries, rose petals, violets along with tobacco, cassis and some herbal elements. The best examples can live as long as any great wine.
Chinon – Central Loire holds a lot of charming land and red focussed Chinon is nearly the star. 95% of the production is red, Cabernet Franc in fact (with maximum 10% Cabernet Sauvignon). The soils are gravel over limestone and the land is quite steep. The aromatic wines with firm backbone of tannin and acid are iconic and herald great value for those with a Bordeaux palate but not the budget to match.