Chinon "Clos Guillot"
100% Cabernet Franc. Close to the town of Chinon, Clos Guillot is a hillside vineyard with south-southwest exposure, near the top of the hill, with clay soils rich in yellow tuffeau (the soft local limestone) and iron. The vines were planted between 1993 and 2000. The farming is certified-organic. All vineyard work, including harvest, is by hand. The fruit is destemmed without crushing and moved by gravity into unlined cement vats. Fermentation is spontaneous with native yeasts and without sulfur or temperature control; maceration lasts around two weeks with a daily pumpover and no punchdowns. The wine is aged for a year in 2-5-year-old barrique and for a year in cement tank. It is bottled without filtration two years after the harvest. Sulfur usage is minimal.