Saturday Tasting: December 12th

Chinon makes up one of Loire’s best red wine growing region.  It is located on the western end of the Touraine region of Loire, and is known for Cabernet Franc, which is known as Breton here.  The wines are vigorous, savory, raspberry fruitiness, and freshly sharpened pencil.  Chinon makes the silkiest most tender wine of the district.  The vineyards sit on riverside sand and gravel make a lighter, earlier drinking styles.  The wines of Chinon used to be rated equal to Margaux, in charm, if not in force or structure.

Chinon Olga Raffault “Les Picasses” 2008 (Loire) $24

This winery is run by the granddaughter Sylvie and her husband Eric.  The vines are over 50 years old and on fairly steep slopes.  They sit on alluvial clay with chalk limestone base.  These wines are rich dark fruit with great acidity.  It is always nice to get a wine for this price with some age.

Chinon Bernard Baudry 2013 (Loire) $22

This is unquestionably one of the most outstanding producers in Chinon.  This wine is everything that you want from a Cabernet Franc.  It is hearty, black and red fruits, with a very enjoyable amount of power.  We are so in love with this wine at the shop.  I love paring this with pan seared steaks and lamp dishes.