Domaine de Pallus, Chinon Rouge ‘Le Clos de Pallus’ 2018

£39.00 (75cl)

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Le Clos de Pallus monopole de Domaine de Pallus is the most familiar plot of the estate, as we all cross it every day to reach the winery. With southeast exposure, it is part of the earliest vineyards of the domaine and is, in a way, our reference in terms of cabernet franc. To make this cru just the final part of the plot is harvested, representing about 1 ha of old vines planted on the richest area. The result is a wine in which the character of the old vineyard prevails and where the cabernet franc manages to transmit wisely the most ancestral truths of the plot. Ageing of 18 months in Bourgogne barrels between 5-10 years.

About the producer

We first met Bertrand Sourdais when he was the winemaker for Dominio de Atauta, one of the finest wineries in Ribera del Duero. Whilst achieving a star reputation in Spain, Bertrand remained enthralled and ‘rooted’ to his native Chinon, especially for its emblematic grape variety, Cabernet Franc. It seemed inevitable, therefore, that he would someday devote his skills and sensitivities to developing the quality of his family’s 18ha estate, Domaine de Pallus, in Cravant-les-Côteaux, at the epicentre of the appellation.

In 2005, following his father’s retirement, Bertrand became the 5th generation of the family to hold the reins at Domaine de Pallus. His aim was, and is, to produce a wine of real acclaim at the estate, ultimately delivering the full potential of the Chinon soils, whilst also respecting its best ancient traditions. He has brought about significant improvements in vineyard management: lowering yields dramatically, introducing manual harvesting and converting to biodynamic principles (but choosing to remain uncertified), whilst also reviewing and enhancing all winemaking techniques in the cellar (extended maceration, longer and gentler élevage in 2nd fill Bordeaux and Burgundy barrels, less handling and manipulation, later bottling). His first vintages are already beginning to express the true potential of their vineyards: silky, deep and rich; Cabernet Franc without any of the green vegetal character, so often showing in the lesser wines from this region.

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