Patrick Lambert, Chinon Vieilles Vignes 2017Regular price $26.00 Save $-26.00
Variety: Cabernet Franc
In the appellation of Chinon in the Central Loire Valley lies the humble village of Cravant les Coteaux. It is theorized that the “Cru” vineyards of the appellation dwell here. This is where Patrick Lambert farms some of the area's most exciting wines rivaling the more well-known names like Baudry and Pallus. Originally belonging to his grandfather, Patrick took over this estate in 1990. As is often the case for the new generation, he began making the kind of wine that he wanted to. This started with reducing the size of the estate to the best plots so he might focus on quality over quantity. He reduced yields and converted to organic farming. Certification for organic farming came in 2014. His vines range from 19-60 years in age. Everything is hand harvested.
This Cabernet Franc comes from vines that are 56 years in age, the oldest of Patrick’s vines. Initially the juice macerates for several days in epoxy-lined tanks underground. The wine ages for one year in barrels that have been used several times.