Chateau de Coulaine
Loire Valley, France, $17.99
Chateau de Coulaine is a family-owned estate rich in viticultural tradition which has been operating continuously since 1300! Since 1988, Etienne de Bonnaventure has assumed all viticulture and winemaking responsibilities and has grown the estate to its current 12 hectares, all situated on Chinon’s plateaux. Planted to 100% Cabernet Franc, vineyards are organically farmed, all grapes are hand-harvested and vinification follows a non-interventionalist path. Coulaine’s low yields (around 35 hl/ha) result in a deeply concentrated, savory and succulent expression of Cabernet Franc with ripe and polished tannins – a harmonious balance between the traditional and modern worlds. We adore Cabernet Franc and this is simply one of the most deliciously approachable examples we have come across.
The wine is dark purple. The nose is aromatic, fruity, complex. In the mouth, this wine reveals beautiful aromas of red fruits: strawberry, raspberry. Its velvety and silky tannins rest on a fruit based structure that give it roundness and balance.