Certified Organic (Ecocert)
Variety: Cabernet Franc
Country, Region: France, Loire
Mostly from younger vines up to about 15 yo, this wine is vinified in cement tanks using indigenous yeast and aged in a combination of large old oak and cement tanks. Deeply coloured and rich ripe bramble black fruit aromas with excellent lift and freshness. The 2018 shows generous fleshy fruit on the palate with great vibrancy and excellent freshness and purity. Made with minimal SO2 this shows excellent verve and lift with substantial generosity of fruit for this outstanding 'entry level' cuvee.
”The 2019 Chinon is very fruity and aromatic on the pure, floral, coolish-elegant and balanced nose that shows perfectly ripe dark berry, spicy and floral aromas that attract immediately. Lush and round on the palate, this is a smooth, round and juicy, very delicate but powerful Chinon with a long, intense and structured finish. The tannins are fine but firm and perfectly interwoven with the salinity of this excellent Chinon. Tasted in June 2021.” 90+ points Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate, August 2021.
Château de Coulaine is a family-owned estate rich in viticultural tradition which has been operating continuously since 1300! In the 19th century the estate came to be one of the most notable in Chinon before phylloxera reduced the holdings to just over 1 hectare of Clos de Turpenay. Since 1988, Etienne de Bonnaventure took over the farming of that 1 hectare assuming all viticulture and winemaking responsibilities and has grown the estate to its current 18 hectares, all situated on Chinon's plateaux. Planted mostly to Cabernet Franc (with a little Chenin blanc making both Chinon blanc and Touraine blanc) particular care is taken to re-plant using selection massale as they have done for generations.
The vineyards are organically farmed since 1997, being the first in the appellation to be certified organic, all grapes are hand-harvested and vinification follows a non-interventionalist path. Coulaine's low yields result in deeply concentrated, savoury and succulent expressions of Cabernet Franc with ripe and polished tannins - a harmonious balance between the traditional and modern worlds. We adore Cabernet Franc and it is easy to see that Etienne has made every effort in the vineyard and the cellars to ensure that these are simply some of the purest and most deliciously approachable examples you will ever come across!