Chinon Les Peuilles

2018
France
Loire

100% Cabernet Franc. Like the more renowned Les Picasses, Les Peuilles is a lieu-dit close to the village of Beaumont-En-Véron, but it is to the south of town, closer to the Vienne river. It is a plateau rather than a hillside and features soils of clay and flint rather than limestone. The fruit is organically farmed and hand-harvested and destemmed without crushing. The whole berries are fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tank, with a shorter maceration compared to that of Picasses. Aging takes place in 70-hectoliter oak and chestnut foudres for 6-12 months, with another year or two in bottle before release. 

94 points
"The les Peuilles vineyard is a plateau down fairly close to the Vienne River, with the vines planted on clay and flint soils. This cuvée is aged in oak for its first year, in the family’s combination of old oak and chestnut foudres, prior to racking back into stainless steel tank for another year of elevage. The 2018 les Peuilles is a gorgeous young Chinon, with the bouquet wafting from the glass in a refined blend of black cherries, sweet dark berries, cigar wrapper, dark soil tones, tree bark, a hint of chicory and a topnote of cigar smoke. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and very pure, with a lovely core of black fruit, excellent soil undertow and grip, ripe, seamless tannins and a very long, complex and classy finish. This is a superb young wine, which is certainly accessible out of the blocks, due to its impeccable balance, but is really made for the cellar and deserves to be tucked away until its tenth birthday, when the fireworks will really begin! 2028-2065. "
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
, May-June 2021
93 points
"From the south-facing clayey-siliceous plateaus of the commune of Beaumont-en-Véron in the northwest of the AOP, the 2018 Chinon Les Peuilles opens with a deep, pure, fresh, fine and aromatic bouquet of perfectly ripe and fleshy black and blue berries as well as dark cherries intertwined with floral and spicy as well as earthy/stony and even bloody notes. Discreet (excellent) reduction here. Aged in large foudres for up to 12 months, this is a full-bodied and juicy, silky, refined and elegant Chinon with a delicate acidity and tannin structure and a long, warm and intense finish. The 2018 already drinks very well, but it can also be cellared for 12-16+ years. Tasted in April 2021."
Stephan Reinhardt,
Wine Advocate
, August 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB2973-18
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Cabernet Franc
Farming Type: 
Organic