Chinon "Le Canal des Grands Pièces," Dom. de L'R
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Chinon "Le Canal des Grands Pièces," Dom. de L'R - 2022

Item # 38738 750mL

Red Chinon wines are made from 100% Cabernet Franc and vary given where they come from within Chinon. This has some structure as it comes from gravel and sandy soils. The aromas show dark berries, pure character. Fermented in cement tanks and bottled unoaked. Frédéric Sigonneau returned to the Touraine in 2004 after a stint at Dominio de Atuauta. Soon after, he re-acquired some original vineyards of the property and today farms 8 ha. His dedication to Cabernet Franc is palpable.

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Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard. Certified in the country of origin.

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ATTENTION lovers of Cabernet Franc! You will be hard pressed to find a bottle with more purity of fruit than this one. And believe it or not, Frédéric Sigonneau - the vigneron at this estate, doesn't focus on the fruit. Instead he highlights air, soil, and water as the primary components that should harmonize to make great wines. This wine is vinified in stainless steel, emphasizing the fresh and fruity character of these grapes. Sometimes Cabernet Franc can be green or vegetal, but not in this case! Don't be fooled though, the clean, fruit-forward style of this wine is in no way a jammy fruit bomb. I'd happily drink this year-round as it is light enough to quaff on a summer evening or snuggle up with on a chilly night. Pairing possibilities abound in all seasons!




There’s a lot to remember when it comes to the Loire. Novices, take note: Cabernet Franc is a great alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscadet is unparalleled as a companion to shellfish, and Cour Cheverny is the best white wine appellation you’ve never heard of. As diverse as Loire wines are, one day soon you'll know your Melon de Bourgogne from your Romorantin.

Cabernet Franc

Relegated to moderate obscurity in modern times, Cabernet Franc is in fact the proud parent of the attention-hogging Cabernet Sauvignon (after an illicit affair with Sauvignon Blanc a hundred-odd years ago). Cabernet Franc has remained close to its roots in France, enjoying small pockets of popularity primarily in the Loire Valley (specifically in Chinon), where it is often bottled as a varietal wine, and in Bordeaux where it is still used in moderate percentages in the typical blends. In fact,...

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