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Date Printed: 8/29/2014
Couly-Dutheil Chinon La Baronnie Madeleine 2005
Couly-Dutheil Chinon La Baronnie Madeleine 2005
(search item no. 96090)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $19.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Elegant and harmonious. A grand classic.
My Notes:

About Couly-Dutheil:

Established in 1921 by Baptiste Dutheil, then developped by René Couly who married Madeleine Dutheil, the House of Couly-Dutheil has become over the years the great name for Chinon. Today Couly-Dutheil remain a family house owned by the third and fouth generation.

The Chinon region has all the qualities of the greatest soils. Its semi-oceanic climate is exceptionaly mild and benefits of long sunny periods. The variety of soils and their particular qualities allows the cabernet-franc (98% of the vineyard) to express all its fineness and its celebrated "taffetas" within a range of strong personalities.

The sandy and gravelly plains along the Vienne river for the thirst quenching light and fruity wines. The clayey, siliceous slopes and flat-lands producing fine and subttle wines. The clayey and chalky hills where are born the sumptuous wines meant for ageing.

The House of Couly-Dutheil

Of the 2000 hectares of the Chinon vineyard, Couly-Dutheil vinifies some 130 hectares of which 90 are their own property located over the three production areas of the appellation. If the quality of the soils, amongst the best in Chinon, contributes to the renown of Couly-Dutheil, their quest for quality in the selection of vintages and love for perfection in maturing adds to their prestige.