2021 Chinon, Philippe Alliet, Loire

2021 Chinon, Philippe Alliet, Loire

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2021 Chinon, Philippe Alliet, Loire

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On the nose and palate, this wine was vibrant. Great fruit flavours with darker fruit as well as blackberry leaf. This slightly hedgerow nature is incredibly autumnal in nature. Slight forest floor notes show a layer of complexity that should not be available in a wine of this price. The length is incredibly respectable, and the balance and friendliness of this wine make it particularly engaging.

Chris Hanssen, Account Manager, Berry Bros. & Rudd (November 2023)

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Critics reviews

Jancis Robinson MW15.5/20

Oooh, this snaps your fingers off. Box leaf and holly. Brightly bitter, wintery, curt tannins. Crunchingly muscular.

Drink 2024 - 2026

Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com (November 2023)

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Rebecca Gibb MW88-89/100

The 2021 Chinon is a little reductive at this very early stage, so give it a swirl. This is a lightly spiced, red-fruited and floral Chinon. Light in body, it’s for early drinking and has a sense of firmness on the finish. This is a much more classic expression of Chinon – 2020 was an explosion of seductive, ripe fruit, while this is more like a dart in its shape. It’s an early drinking style that needs some time to settle, more than the 2020 did due to its more austere classicism—fermented in concrete.

Father-and-son team Philippe and Pierre Alliet have raised the bar for what’s possible with Loire Cabernet Franc. In the 1980s, father Philippe Alliet bought his barriques from Château Margaux and produced a liberally oaked style. The love affair with small oak barrels has since fizzled out. In 2011, the 500-litre barrels were ushered in, and in 2014, the estate said a final farewell to their Bordeaux barriques. In line with current fashions, cement tanks have also been introduced, creating much more balanced styles that focus on their fruit, sourced from across the appellation. 

The domaine has its feet in some of the Chinon’s best sites: L’Huisserie, which sits at the end of the coteaux and the steep Côteau de Noiré. These top wines spend a year in 500-litre barrels, followed by maturation in concrete. Bottling takes place after 24 months.

Drink 2022 - 2029

Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous.com (August 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

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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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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