Chinon "La Familia" Valdegrulla, Dom. de l'R
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Chinon "La Familia" Valdegrulla, Dom. de l'R - 2021

Item # 41976 750mL

Fréderic Sigonneau is a relative newcomer to the Loire and started making his incredible wines in the 2000s. This La Familia cuvée comes from vines owned by his cousin - he shares the same green philosophy. Sure, you can drink this young but there's plenty of reason to believe that it will be fine too in 5 years.

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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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Staff Pick Notes

This is a classic Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley. On the nose you'll notice light green notes and a bit of licorice. On the palate, classic vegetable notes are followed by dark fruit flavors and minerality. It's a medium to full-bodied Chinon with acidity and medium tannin. Because of its body and structure, the green vegetable notes are not too predominant. The result is a very pleasant and well-balanced wine. I believe this wine will mature and will become more velvety in few years. In Chinon, Cabernet Franc is used to make a single varietal wine, which gives you a chance to explore its great qualities.




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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