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Domaine de Pallus Chinon Les Pensees de Pallus 2014

Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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Winemaker Notes

Since the debut 2004 vintage, Les Pensees has grown in stature with each passing vinage. It is assembled from parcels on several different soil types, with the aim to define "Chinon" in a glass. It reveals classic Loire Valley Cabernet Franc aromas and flavors, but with remarkable precision and the kind of textural depth that is rarely seen in Chinon.

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WS 92
Wine Spectator
Juicy, ripe and still a bit compact, with a solid core of cassis, plum and blackberry fruit inlaid with alluring ganache, singed bay leaf and black tea notes. Shows good grip through the finish, with smoldering tobacco details. There’s lots here, just needs to unwind. Best from 2018 through 2025.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The dark purple ruby-colored 2014 Chinon Les Pensées de Pallus Cabernet Franc has an intense, pure and fresh, well-concentrated bouquet of dark berries, crushed stones, spices, pencil lead and floral aromas. Medium to full-bodied, intense and juicy, with perfectly ripe dark fruit flavors, firm tannins and a delicate acidity, this is an excellent and persistent Cabernet Franc with a long and aromatic finish. The velvety textured 2014 is in great balance and reveals a fascinating tension on the finish. A beautiful wine with beef or liver.

Rating: 91+

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Domaine de Pallus, France - Other regions
While achieving stardom at Spain’s Dominio de Atauta, Bertrand Sourdais remained passionate for his native Chinon, and for its emblematic variety, Cabernet Franc. In 2003, with his father’s retirement nearing,Bertrand took up the challenge of creating something great at the family estate, Domaine de Pallus. Bertrand has brought to the project an insider's sense of tradition combined with an outsider's eye for change. He aspires to test the limits of possibility for the vineyards that 5 generations of his family have worked.
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An important red wine appellation in the Touraine district of the Loire, Chinon produces fanciful, light-bodied reds from the Cabernet Franc grape. Chinon also makes charming rosés from the same grape as well as white wines from Chenin blanc. But the reds give the area its fame. Often scented with fresh herbs, black tea and violets, Chinon reds show a lovely combination of fruit and acidity. However, styles have become more concentrated and ripe in recent years from improvements in vineyard management. Modern methods include planting grass between vineyard rows, using higher trellises and deleafing to increase sunlight to berries and therefore improve ripening. Even still, red Chinon is intended to be a light to medium bodied, refreshing wine to be enjoyed in its youth.

Fuller-bodied Chinons come from vineyard sites on the clay and tuffeau limestone slopes, usually from the southern exposed slopes of Cravant-les-Coteaux, and the plateau above Beaumont. Lighter styled wines come from the sand and gravel vineyards near the Loire or Vienne Rivers with the most refined examples coming from the area around Panzoult

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The subtler and more delicate of the Cabernets, Cabernet Franc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. While both are important grapes in modern day, high quality Bordeaux, interestingly, Cabernet Franc most likely originated from the Basque region of France sometime during the middle 1600’s. Today Cabernet Franc produces outstanding single varietal wines across the wine producing world, with some of its most classic examples from France’s Loire Valley, in the regions of Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur-Champigny. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc performs quite well in parts of California, New York and Virginia. It is also a great blending grape.

In the Glass

Cabernet Franc typically tastes of red raspberries, cherries and herbs, with a stunning perfume of violets, tobacco and spice.

Perfect Pairings

Mouthwatering acidity makes Cabernet Franc an incredibly food-friendly wine, helping to cut through the richness of fatty meat dishes. It especially shines in tandem with lamb, and its affinity for the spice cabinet allows it to pair perfectly with Chinese dishes prepared with Szechuan pepper and five-spice.

Sommelier Secret

One of California's best-kept secrets is the Happy Canyon appellation of Santa Barbara. Here Cabernet Franc shines as a single varietal wine or in blends, expressing sumptuous fruit, savory aromas and polished tannins.

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