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.

91+ points
"The les Granges bottling from Mathieu Baudry is his young vine cuvée, made to be drunk young and crafted from twenty-five year-old vines that grow in alluvial deposits of gravel and sandy soils right on the flats near the banks of the Vienne River. The 2020 version is quite stylish, offering up a deep and nascently complex bouquet of sweet dark berries, cassis, tree bark, cigar smoke and a lovely base of gravelly soil. On the palate the wine is bright, fullish and tangy, with a good core, fine soil signature and grip, moderate tannins and a long, well-balanced and classy finish. Though this is certainly approachable out of the blocks, a couple of years in the cellar will certainly pay dividends with more complexity and melted tannins. It is so nicely balanced in 2020 that I could easily see it keeping twenty-five years in bottle, despite it being made to drink young! 2021-2045. "
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
, May-June 2021

Product Line: 
Cabernet Franc