The Coudray-Montpensier estate, located in the Chinon appellation, is composed of old vines and parcels planted just over 10 years ago and the entire vineyard covers an area of 30 hectares. Here, each parcel is tended with great care, to ensure that the geological identity of the soils is respected. The vines on the limestone clay soils deliver aromatic, powerful and structured wines; in the sandy plains the results are supple and fruity.
These young vines were planted in 1999 on sand and clay. The stalks are very low, 25-30cm from the ground and the training vines on wires is very high with 175cm. This keeps the clusters closer to the ground in a zone heated by the sun radiation: thus less acidity. It is also promotes photosynthesis and grape aeration. The vineyard is run in a sustainable way following the same rules as for organic agriculture (without having the certification).
The Fruit is cold soaked directly after being harvested and destemmed. This technique increased the extraction of aromas and soft tannins. Post fermentation, the wine is kept under marc for alcoholic maceration for 5 to 12 days. The “Cuvée Reserve” has been vinified in order to obtain full body dry wines and to keep the fruits and the freshness. Each plot is vinified and aged separately in small stainless steel vat. 100% of this cuvée has been aged in oak barrels (new and 1 to 3 years old) before to be blend.
Notes of red raspberries, cherries, and herbs, with a stunning perfume of violets, tobacco, and spice.
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.