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100% Cabernet Franc
Chinon, Loire Valley, France

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In the appellation of Chinon in the Central Loire Valley lies the humble village of Cravant les Coteaux. It is theorized that the “Cru” vineyards of the appellation dwell here. This is where Patrick Lambert farms some of the area's most exciting wines rivaling the more well-known names like Baudry and Pallus. Originally belonging to his grandfather, Patrick took over this estate in 1990. As is often the case for the new generation, he began making the kind of wine that he wanted to. This started with reducing the size of the estate to the best plots so he might focus on quality over quantity. He reduced yields and converted to organic farming. Certification for organic farming came in 2014. His vines range from 19-60 years in age. Everything is hand harvested.

This rosé employs similar tactics to that of the fresh and juicy Gourmandise Chinon, but the maceration is of course a little different. The wine undergoes half direct press method and half saignée (the bleeding method). The wine is aged in lined tanks underground in his home cellar.

The 2021 shows lovely aromas of wild strawberry and raspberry, citrus and rose; the palate is silky and ripe with raspberry, cherry, citrus and stone flavors with nice density and texture, with juicy acids, berry flavors and saline minerals in the finish. This is drinking beautifully now and will open up nicely through the summer and into 2023. This is a fabulous value and highly recommended.


12.8% ABV

Organic / Unoaked
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