Chinon Les Grézeaux

2019
France
Loire

100% Cabernet Franc. The Grézeaux vines are the Baudry’s oldest at around 50 years and were the very first part of the estate in 1975. They lie on a flat, sandy site near the Vienne River in Cravant, very near the winery and the Les Granges vineyard. The key difference between the two sites is the presence of more clay and more gravel in Grézeaux, giving the wine more weight and length. 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 in concrete tank for 15 months and bottled without filtration. Sulfur usage is minimal. 

93 points
"Sourced from a single vineyard located at the bottom of Chinon's slope on alluvial/clay soils, the 2019 Chinon Les Grézeaux is currently a bit shy in terms of revealing its fruit flavors. It’s also a hint reductive with its smoky bacon characters, but that's unimportant. What matters is the core of fruit and excellent focus. It's very relaxed and fluid with mouthwatering acidity. The tannins are more serious than the front and midpalate would have suggested and betray a little grittiness. Aged 15 months in cement, this could be opened in one to two years, but the concentration and structure offer drinking over a decade."
Rebecca Gibb,
Vinous Media
October 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB0306-19
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Cabernet Franc
Farming Type: 
Organic