2016 Chinon, L'Huisserie, Domaine Philippe Alliet, Loire

2016 Chinon, L'Huisserie, Domaine Philippe Alliet, Loire

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2016 Chinon, L'Huisserie, Domaine Philippe Alliet, Loire

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A beautifully balanced, multi-layered wine which oozes aromatic complexity. The stunning bouquet draws you in with intense aromas of red cherry, raspberry, roses and a hint of spice. The palate is incredibly elegant, displaying an array of forest fruits, red berries and peppery notes. The texture is very silky, alongside a sparkling freshness and a long finish. 

Drink 2023 - 2030

Hugo Dale, Account Manager, Berry Bros. & Rudd (November 2023)

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Jancis Robinson MW16/20

I'm told that, like 2021, the 2016 vintage gave wines with high acidity, which need time and decanting but are good with food.

Sharp, snippy, not up for conversation. A bit skinny. Bark and tamarind. Thick kohl and coal tannins. I’d love to taste this as advised: decanted, with food.

Drink now to 2026

Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com (November 2023)

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Wine Advocate90+/100

The 2016 Chinon L'Huisserie is from the upper part of the coteaux and cultivated on argile-silex soils. Fermented and aged for six months in concrete tanks, then for one year in 500-liter barrels and for another six months in concrete again, this is a very elegant and floral Cabernet Franc from 15-year-old vines. It is generously fruity, perfectly ripe and concentrated as well as gentle and charming, like cool silk on the palate, and reveals lovely nervous acidity on the finish. The tannins are clear, fine and fresh. This is an excellent Chinon with a straight yet beautifully floral, elegant and refined character.

The most recent vintage of the domain I tasted was the 2017, which was very good. The harvest was very early and went from September 18 to 25. Due to spring frost, the yields were relatively low, at 35 hectoliters per hectare for Cabernet Franc.

Drink 2020 - 2030

Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (August 2021)

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Rebecca Gibb MW93/100

The 2016 L'Huisserie is starting to open up and develop some savory nuances. It gives the sense of a more classic year in that it's not opulent and has a real sense of tension; it's more conservative and demure rather than upfront like the warmer years at the end of the decade. It has a long life in it. That flint part of the terroir just keeps on carrying the fragrance in waves.

The father-and-son team of Philippe and Pierre Alliet have raised the bar for what’s possible with Loire Cabernet Franc and are now running one of the top domaines in Chinon. Pierre now mostly runs the estate's day-to-day, with 18 hectares of Cabernet Franc and a single hectare of Chenin Blanc. One thing he’s introduced is using more cement tanks and less oak. The south-facing limestone slope of L’Huisserie and the steep site called Côteau de Noire are two of the top single vineyards in all of Chinon.

Drink 2023 - 2037

Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous.com (July 2022)

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About this WINE

Domaine Philippe Alliet

Domaine Philippe Alliet

Domaine Philippe Alliet is one to reference for making 100% Cabernet Franc wines. The Domaine is situated in Cravant-les-Côteaux, home to arguably some of the best Cabernet Franc in the world. Founded in 1985, the Domaine is now run by Philippe's son, Pierre, who is revolutionising the Cabernet Franc scene in the Loire, focusing on low yields and meticulous vineyard management.

The oak regime has gone down from 100% new 225l barrels to a mere 20% new wood 500l barrels paired with much longer ageing of up to 20 months. This has drastically changed the style of the range and allows the wines to be approachable young whilst having great potential to age.

The Domaine produces one of the most exciting Chinon ranges in the Loire, spanning from their entry-level Chinon to their top-of-the-range Coteau de Noiré cuvee, located on steep coteaux and perceived as THE best plot in Chinon. Pierre emphasises the importance of sustainable and environmentally friendly viticulture practices, so he organically farms the 19 hectares of the Domaine.

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Chinon is an important  appellation for the Cabernet Franc grape, located within the Touraine wine region just to the west of Tours. At approximately 2,500 hectares, it represents a slightly larger zone than its neighbour Bourgueil. Part of the appellation, closest to its other voisin St Nicolas de Bourgueil, possesses light, sandy gravel soils to give an easy drinking style, while the remainder is blessed with a tuffeau subsoil from which the wines draw a finer structure and longevity. Neither style approaches the fullness of Bourgueil however.


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Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is widely planted in Bordeaux and is the most important black grape grown in the Loire. In the Médoc it may constitute up to 15% of a typical vineyard - it is always blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and is used to add bouquet and complexity to the wines. It is more widely used in St.Emilion where it adapts well to the cooler and moister clay soils - Cheval Blanc is the most famous Cabernet Franc wine in the world, with the final blend consisting of up to 65% of the grape.

Cabernet Franc thrives in the Loire where the cooler growing conditions serve to accentuate the grape's herbaceous, grassy, lead pencil aromas. The best wines come from the tuffeaux limestone slopes of Chinon and Bourgeil where growers such as Jacky Blot produce intense well-structured wines that possess excellent cellaring potential.

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