“This wine is textbook Chinon from the Loire Valley. It has aromas of crisp red raspberries and strawberry, a medium body and a dry, high acid finish with a twist of tobacco. A fresh and enjoyable style that is ready to drink now.“ Sean Mitchell, Grapeobserver.com
Pierre-Jean Sauvion is the fourth generation of his family to produce wines at Château du Cléray in the Loire. The château itself has been owned by a négociant called Grands Chais de France since the early 2000’s, but Pierre has been in charge of winemaking here since 2004, after several years of winemaking experience across Bordeaux, Australia and California. The handsome property is surrounded by vines, and Pierre showed a passion for winemaking since childhood: indeed, he claims the reason he looks so youthful is because he has been drinking Muscadet since he was three years old!
The sand and gravel slopes here are typical of the nearby commune of Vallet and make for later-ripening grapes, but also contribute to the wines’ greater ageing potential, producing Muscadet with a nod back to the melon grape’s Burgundian origins.
Designation : CHINON ROUGE
Vintage : 2016
Grape varieties : Cabernet Franc
Origin : The Touraine wine-growing region stretches over both banks of the Loire and covers the départements of Indre et-Loire and Loir-et-Cher.
Soil : Clay-chalk, sand-gravel and tuffeau rocks (white stone) are ideal for this grape variety.
Country origin : FRANCE
Colour : A very deep garnet.
Nose : Fruity, intense and spicy nose. A pronounced violet aroma that will develop over time.
Palate : This youthful wine is invigorating, elegant and packed with aromas. Very round palate making it easy to drink.
Recommendations : Perfect with white meats, grilled meats and cheese.
Serving condition in C° : Serve slightly chilled between 14-15°C.
Alcohol content : 13%