2021 Domaine Grosbois Chinon "La Cuisine de Ma Mère", Loire Valley, France
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ABOUT THIS WINE
100% Cabernet Franc. A 14 hectare vineyard driven by organic agriculture and structured around 3 terroirs: 1. Seven hectares and the only parcel from the domaine, silica-clay soil, under limestone soil, on the gentle hillside which faces the Vienne. Directly south facing. 2. Two hectares in the lowlands of Cravant-Les-Côteaux, pebbly and sandy earth, alluvial terraces producing a lighter wine. 3. Five hectares in the municipality of L'île Bouchard, with gravel limestone soil.
Hand harvested and completely destemmed. Vinified using indigenous yeasts. Aged in concrete cuve.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
The Grosbois brothers roamed the world before placing roots in the land of their ancestors. Nicolas, the eldest, made wine in New Zealand, Australia, Oregon, and Chile, while Sylvain, his younger brother explored winemaking in Argentina, Italy, Spain, and Australia. They returned full of knowledge and ideas, joining a new generation of winemakers in the Loire Valley. Their family domaine sits in the heart of the Loire Valley, in Panzoult, on the right bank of the Vienne between Tours and Saumur, around the site of the Pressoir (means winepress in english), an ancient fortified farm from the 15th century. The land of the domaine has always been one of polyculture, which today provides for the cultivation of organically grown vegetables and wheat crops. Thanks to the spirit of local farmers and the Grosbois family, the domaine is one of the only farms in the region to have been able to resist the temptation of dividing the land, leaving intact the biodiversity of the plot. Nicolas and Sylvain’s parents, Jacques and Jocelyne, moved to the Grosbois family farm in 1991 to take on the management and farming of the vines. They passed the torch on to Nicolas in 2008, with Sylvain joining him in 2019, reuniting the family at last.