Varietal: 100% Cabernet Franc
Soil: Alluvial Gravel
One of the most voluptuous, concentrated styles of Chinon you’ll ever taste! Most of the Alliet vineyards, now totaling about 17 hectares in the village of Cravant-les-Coteaux, are in alluvial (i.e. gravelly) flatlands close to the Loire River, but they’ve added sites up on the clay/limestone hillsides as well. Most of their plantings are Cabernet Franc, and yields are kept fanatically low; Alliet is a regular visitor to Bordeaux and takes inspiration from its wines in crafting his own, which do have an aristocratic quality to them. The vieilles vignes (“old vines”) supplying this bottling are, appropriately enough, old—about 60 years—and the hand-harvested grapes are completely de-stemmed (a contributor to the wine’s plush texture) before fermentation in cement vats. Aging is done in used barriques, and indeed the oak influence on the wine is very restrained.