Situated in the village of Cravant-les-Coteaux and in the town of Chinon. The vineyard is home to varying types of soil for each different cuvée. The single grape variety is Cabernet Franc.
The soil is worked without using herbicides. The vines are farmed using techniques that are environmentally friendly. Vineyard practices include manual debudding and hand harvesting. Wines mature in concrete and wooden vats and oak barrels.
Learn More About Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc (cab-uhr-NAY frahnk)
Right Place, Right time
You won't often find this grape bottled as a single variety as it can lean towards
earthy, vegetal tendencies (think green pepper & olives). Its typical place
is in a blend with Cabernet
or both. Cabernet Franc's home is the right bank of
It is an integral part in the blends of
adding structure and backbone to the softer Merlot. Yet some feel its potential
has been overlooked. If Cabernet Franc has the right soils and it's harvested
at the right time- it can produce a delicious wine all by itself.
Luckily, certain areas are creating wines that let this grape shine on it's
own. Cheval Blanc, one of the top Bordeaux wines in St-Émilion, consists
of 60% or more of the Cabernet Franc variety. Loire Valley red wines made with
Cabernet Franc often come from Chinon and Bourguil - they are deliciously balanced
and subtle examples of Cabernet Franc at its best, showing smooth tannins and
good fruit with herbaceous undertones. Long Island and Virginia have also had some success
with this grape.
Summing it up
Successful sites: Bordeaux, California (mostly for blends), Loire Valley,
Long Island, Virginia
bell pepper, violet, raspberry, cherry, cedar
Learn More About Loire, France
It's unfortunate that this region is so under appreciated and overlooked - the wines from the Loire Valley are outstanding. They are delicious examples of varietal and soil expression and the wide range of wines is so refreshing. Dry, sweet, sparkling, red, white… all represented here in the Loire. The main white grapes are Chenin Blanc, Muscadet and Sauvignon Blanc. For reds, Cabernet Franc takes center stage but the region also has plantings of Pinot Noir and Gamay. The AC of Cremant de Loire is popular – these are the sparkling wines of the Loire, usually made with Chenin Blanc.
As for which grapes you find in which regions… Starting on the Atlantic Coast and moving east - Muscadet hails from the region of the same name, within the larger Nantes district, right on the Atlantic coast. The wines are dry, citrusy and pleasant, but rarely powerful or intensely aromatic. Just inland from Nantes is Anjou-Samur, home to Savennières, an excellent source of dry Chenin Blanc. To the east is Touraine, where you'll find the popular white region of Vouvray - Chenin Blanc shines in Vouvray, which can be dry, off-dry or sweet – the majority of those found in the states are a lovely and food-friendly off-dry. In the same district, Cabernet Franc makes delicious, delicate and elegant reds from Bourguil and Chinon. Finally, in the Upper Loire area, Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé turn out Sauvignon Blancs of razor sharp acidity and minerality.