This relatively large domaine (55 hectares, or 136 acres) has unbroken family history going back to the 18th century. One of the first French producers to adopt bio-dynamic practices in the 1980’s, it makes an impressive range of wines from several Anjou appellations. We have been especially impressed with their reds, which are made without additional sulfites, fining or filtration.
The uncanny resemblance to the long admired Ch. de la Bonnelière is not coincidental. Brilliant old-vines, bigtime Chinon from a landmark vintage. Drink now or keep 20 years.
In a series of fine Loire red vintages, 2014 stands out as something quite special, as exemplified by this late-release “Tête de Cuvée”. The magnificant, iron-drenched nose alone declaims the singular quality of the vines. And the palate’s vibrant yet structured expression of Cabernet Franc makes this a well-nigh perfect example of the grape’s masculine side, while avoiding any tendency to tannic obstruction. A not-to-be-missed highlight.
This stalwart wine forms an interesting bridge between the perfumed varietality of the Cabernet Breton and the rugged strength of “L’Ancrie”. An entirely honest Loire red that blossoms with air and offers great pleasure. (100% Cabernet Franc)
(100% Cabernet Franc) Named after the Bourgueil abbott who adopted the grape in the 18th century, this is a wonderfully expressive rendition of this grape that packs an improbable intensity into its light (11%) frame. Equal parts animal (think blood), vegetable (floral scent) and mineral (think pulsating saltiness in the tail), this is a brilliant miniature that, in its quiet voice, says more than many a powerhouse roaring in a stentorian voice. The 2014 brings an added fruity charm to the hugely successful 2013 vintage with which this wine made its début here.