A family estate made up of 6.5 hectare of vineyards. Organic practices are used to get the most out of the 45 – 65 year old vineyards wholly located within the Chinon appellation.
The Canal des Grands Pieces is a 2.75ha plot. It is a wine that is not worked in the winery and 100% of the terroirs charm shines through. You get tart acidity, red berries, rose petals, gravel/wet soil and a fine core of tannins. Low alcohol and very elegant with lots of the moreish factor. It’s like sitting in a little display garden eating raspberries on a sunny spring day. Pair it with seared salmon or a rich lamb dish. LR may well reward aging but I am not sure I’d care to find out. It is so wonderful now.
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.