The Loire Valley has seen a series of exceptional vintages in the last decade, and the 2020 Chinon Vieilles Vignes from Fabrice Gasnier is the perfect example of what warm, dry sunny growing conditions will do for Cabernet Franc from Chinon. The little known reds from this small appellation in the heart of the Loire are some of my favorites, and those of you who bought the Petit Saint Vincent Saumur Champigny know, Cabernet Franc grown here can achieve stellar quality. This incredible bargain shows that it can also be done at a very affordable price! The 2019 racked a 91 point score from the wine advocate, and the 2020 is every bit as good or better!
It’s beautifully scented with earth tinged dark brambly blackberry and cherry fruit, savory herb notes, soft tannins, and packs a plush and layered mid-palate and wraps up with a warm, lingering finish that leaves you wanting another sip. At under $20 this is hands down the best value I have ever come across in Loire Valley red wine. Period. Fod friendly and versatile, this spans the gap food-wise between Pinot Noir and bigger reds like Cabernet Sauvignon. It is perfect with roasted or grilled chicken, turkey, pork loin or chops, veal, game birds, especially duck, burgers, steaks, lamb, cheeses and more. Plus it’s round and supple enough to enjoy all on its own.
Don’t miss out! Wine arrives this Wednesday, and will be open to taste after that. Stop in, say hello, grab a bite and a glass, and try before you buy!
Fabrice Gasnier and his wife Sandrine, 4th generation owners of this small family domain in the heart of the Loire Valley, biodynamically farm twenty five 25 hectares primarily old-vine Cabernet Franc. Soils here are typical of the region, a mix of gravel, chalk, clay and sand around the village of Cravant-lès-Côteaux. In 2009, Domaine Gasnier was certified Biodynamic by Demeter. That same year, the domaine made its debut in La Revue du Vin de France’s annual Classement of The Best Wines of France. We think it is a well deserved accolade!!