The estate of Domaine Gasnier is comprised of 25 hectares, all within the commune of Cravant-les-Coteaux. The Gasniers employ biodynamic techniques in farming, no pesticides or herbicides. The newly released 2019 is a beautiful bright and fruity wine, redolent of cedar and fresh red fruit. The wine is vinified in tank to maintain that pristine fruit.
In what was a miraculous 2019 vintage in France, Gasnier’s Chinon (Cabernet Franc) is sublime so much so that it caught the attention of the world’s most well-respected wine publication, Wine Advocate. For a $20 Loire Valley red, this one more than overdelivers. Turns out the Wine Advocate was equally mezmorized– and their glowing 91-point love paragraph (not even a review) doesn’t help me with already small allocations for one of my all-time favorite French Discovery plays.
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91 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2019 Chinon Vieilles Vignes is a blend of two terroirs, the terrace between the river and the hillsides on siliceous clay topping the limestone subsoil and the hillside terrace on flinty clay over limestone. Vinified in small concrete vats and aged for six months in a 10-year-old barrel, the wine opens with an elegant and aromatic, floral bouquet of dark fruits intertwined with licorice aromas. Dense and intense on the silky-textured and vibrantly fresh palate, this is a pretty rich and generous but elegant Cabernet Franc with a rather smooth yet not sweet performance. The finish is long and tensioned and reveals remarkable energy and lingering salinity.