Philippe Alliet Chinon 2014 Front Label
Philippe Alliet Chinon 2014 Front Label

Philippe Alliet Chinon 2014

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#90 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2015

The entry-level Chinon from Philippe Alliet is one of the truly great values from the Loire. This wine exhibits beautifully exuberant fruit and spot-on regional typicity.

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Black cherry and violet notes course along, flecked with olive and white pepper hints that drive through the pure finish. Shows ample minerality, but the fruit takes center stage. Drink now through 2017.
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Father-son team Philippe and Pierre Alliet are the proprietors of this small domaine in Cravant-les-Côteaux, home to some of the best Cabernet Franc vineyards in the Loire Valley. Considered by many to be one of the finest producers in Chinon, the Alliets are part of a new generation of Loire winemakers dedicated to low yields, optimally ripe fruit, and fastidious vineyard management. From their 30 acres domaine, they produce a stunning lineup of 100% Cabernet Franc wines: a basic Chinon of great purity and balance; 'Vieilles Vignes' a gravel-grown cuvée from 60+ year-old vines that is aged in cement; 'L’Huisserie' that is grown on a south-facing limestone laden slope and aged in 500L barrels; and 'Côteau de Noire' aged in barriques and grown on a famed steep site, known as one of the top single-vineyards in all of Chinon.

Across the range, the grapes are totally de-stemmed in an effort to reduce the vegetal characteristics often associated with Loire Valley reds and only indigenous yeasts are used in the cellar. Each year, this domaine raises the bar for what is possible with Cabernet Franc in Chinon. They effortlessly display the privileged terroir and winemaking excellence that their family possesses, while also maintaining a deliciousness that allows the wines to be enjoyed young or after decades of aging. This is a true top-flight, and benchmark estate.

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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, Cabernet Franc also produces outstanding single varietal wines across the wine-producing world. 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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