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.
The schistous soils impart an extra degree of structure and power. Aged for nine months in third-year barriques, the wine shows a lovely fusion of Franc’s floral tones and its earthy strength, fully ripe, yet sporting just 11.6% alcohol. Wines like this should make true believers of all sceptics about the bio-dynamic way.
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.