Les Granges is the kind of Chinon you don’t need to think twice about, the type of bottle that somehow empties in the blink of an eye. Put a slight chill on it, pop the cork, and inhale its lively perfume: the floral fragrance and bright, juicy fruit—picture fresh-squeezed berries—are simply irresistible. On the palate, you’ll find a nimble frame and plush, silky tannins that make it dangerously gulpable. It has also been known to convert those who generally shy away from the Cabernet Franc grape, so please do be kind and share. –Anthony Lynch
BLEND Cabernet Franc
VINEYARD 20 years, 9 ha
SOIL Mixed gravels and sands on recent alluvial terraces
WINEMAKER Matthieu & Bernard Baudry
AGING Aged in cement and wood cuves for respectively nine and twelve months
Les Granges is a fruity, agreeable wine that should be drunk young. It is an example of easy-going and round Chinon from sandy gravelly soil.
Manual harvest. Two-week fermentation in cement vats, then seven to ten months aging in cement vats. Bottling the following spring or autumn.