Chinon Les Granges
100% Cabernet Franc.. The Granges vines are an 8-hectare alluvial site along the Vienne River in Cravant, very near the winery, planted in 1985 and 1988 and farmed organically like the rest of the estate. The soil is all sand and pebbles, with little to no clay, so it drains well and yields a light, fresh style of Chinon. The fruit is hand-harvested, destemmed and moved by gravity into unlined cement vats. Fermentation with native yeasts and without sulfur or temperature control lasts from two weeks to two months. The wine is aged nine to ten months in cement before being bottled without filtration. It is the first red of any vintage to be released.