Domaine Grosbois Chinon Clos du Noyer 2010 Front Label
Domaine Grosbois Chinon Clos du Noyer 2010 Front Label

Domaine Grosbois Chinon Clos du Noyer 2010

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750ML / 12.8% ABV
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The 2010 Chinon Clos du Noyer is the first vintage that was aged (not fermented) in oak (228-, 400- and 600-liter barrels). The wine has a deep, ripe and elegant nose of cassis. Very intense and round on the palate, this is a fleshier, juicier and more powerful wine with a long and intense finish. The tannins are ripe but they are more prominent, and the 2010 is maybe less delicate than the former vintages. The finish is more astringent, although the wine is lush. It's less individual perhaps than the vintages 2005 to 2009. "The 2010 vintage was a good and regular vintage for Chinon, a bit like 2012," says Nicolas, who stopped the aging in oak with the 2015 vintage.

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Domaine Grosbois, France
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Domaine Grosbois is located in the heart of the Loire Valley in Chinon, France. The estate has been family owned since 1820, and is currently in the hands of skilled proprietor Nicolas Grosbois. The vineyards are comprised of 13 plots that were designated in the 15th century and to this day remain. A range of seven Cabernet Franc wines are crafted based on the unique plots. Nicolas wholeheartedly believes in organic agriculture and has worked to transition the farm. His 2009 – 2011 vintages are Ecocert converting to organic agriculture with his 2012 vintage, marking the first official Ecocert organic certification.
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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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Cabernet Franc, a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon, is the subtler and more delicate of the Cabernets. Today Cabernet Franc produces outstanding single varietal wines across the wine-producing world. Somm 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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