2018 Chinon Rosé, Domaine de la Semellerie, Loire

2018 Chinon Rosé, Domaine de la Semellerie, Loire

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2018 Chinon Rosé, Domaine de la Semellerie, Loire

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This is such a moreish, refreshing wine from our friends at Domaine de la Semellerie. Half the blend is from Cabernet Franc grapes that are pressed (as though making a white), while the other half is juice drawn off from the domaine’s excellent red. Expect enticing aromas of strawberry laces and just a touch of peppery spice. The palate is light-bodied, with the lively acidity that’s among the hallmarks of Chinon. This a fabulous ap’eritif and versatile food wine – try it with lamb koftas or barbecued chicken wings. Drink now to 2020.
Will Heslop, Burgundy Buying Assistant (summer 2019)
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Domaine de la Semellerie

Domaine de la Semellerie

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Chinon

Chinon

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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Cab.Franc

Cab.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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