2009 Fabrice Gasnier Chinon A L'Ancienne

Retail
$26.90
Case
$322.80
Varieties
Cabernet Franc
Vintage
2009
Country
France
Region
Chinon, Loire Valley
Alcohol
12.5%
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2010 - 2016

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Description

Fabrice Gasnier represents the fourth generation of wine growers to be based in the hamlet of Chézelet, located on the plains below Cravant and Panzoult; the first recorded vintage was in 1902. Fabrice has been here since 1990, taking over from his father, Jacky who is now in retirement. Organic since 2000, Fabrice took his vineyards to the next level when he became certified biodynamic with his 2008 vintage. Despite the fact that this is a significant domaine in terms of its size, all 27 hectares are owned by the family and everything is harvested by hand.

The vineyards straddle the communes of Cravant and Panzoult; the majority situated on the plain around Chézelet with a further five hectares on the slope and plateau above Cravant. All the vineyards are planted to Cabernet Franc (one remaining hectare of Cabernet Sauvignon was replaced in the mid-2000s) although Fabrice established 0.80ha of Chenin Blanc on the limestone slopes in 2010.

The range here includes four separate cuvées of Chinon rouge, a single rosé and a bottle fermented sparkling rosé, La Cravantine which is also produced from Cabernet Franc. Cuvée à l'Ancienne comes from 2.5 hectares of vines in the gravel, clay and silica soils of La Queue de Poëlon in Panzoult. The wine is aged in older Burgundy barrels for one year.

This wine: 100% Cabernet Franc sourced from an organically farmed vineyard where the vines are 50 years of average age. Classic Chinon on the nose and palate with firm body and structure. There is a softness, finesse and expressive aromatics to this wine. The red fruit component is underpinned with a chalky minerality and slight hints of sous-bois (undergrowth).

Eyes

Medium ruby red in colour with lighter edges.

Nose

Berry, vegetal, and herbaceous flavours abound on the nose.

Mouth

The wine is well balanced with crisp tannins, and full berry fruit flavours. A bit of forest floor, green vegetal flavours and a chalkiness.

Body

medium

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