Domaine Wilfrid Rousse Chinon Les Puys 2018
Other Reds | France
Cabernet franc is having a much-deserved moment right now, with prices here in Napa Valley exceeding the price per ton of cabernet sauvignon, and demand globally at an all-time high. We frankly can't get enough and once you taste this, you'll be happy you jumped on the cab franc train!
Located on the banks of the Vienne River, the 19.5 hectares Wilfrid Rousse estate was started in 1987 by Wilfrid and his wife, Annie. With a myriad of plots and exposures throughout the estate, all sharing the classic siliceous clay soils of the western side of Chinon, this estate displays the finesse and subtlety that cabernet franc can have when grown in the right hands. The cooler climate emphasizes the grape’s signature raspberry, cherry, and pepper leaf, with a lingering spice box quality in the finish. The wine is supple and elegant, with some floral notes of lavender and crushed violets, turning to cranberry, new leather, and green peppercorn.
A great one to cellar or drink at your leisure, especially with the right foods – fantastic with grilled salmon and some fresh herbs, roasted beets, grilled chicken, and even that Thanksgiving turkey! Did we mention 43% off? While it lasts!
About the Producer
In a former farmhouse in the hamlet of La Halbardiere, the Domaine of Wilfrid Rousse is marked by a signature weathervane depicting a mermaid holding in his hand a fish. This historic symbol once donned the roofs of the nearby medieval castle in Savigny-en-Véron; a 17th century property that served as the residence of Admiral and Governor of Acadia Claude de Launay-Razilly. Legend has it that the Admiral, nostalgic for his naval conquests past, installed this unique figurine. Today, Wilfrid Rousse extends over 19.5 hectares between the municipalities of Savigny-en-Véron, Beaumont-en-Véron and Chinon. It is composed of 18 hectares of Cabernet Franc plantings, which are transformed into the Domain’s cuvées of red and rosé wines.
- BlendCabernet Franc
- WinemakerWilfrid Rousse
- RegionLoire Valley
- VineyardLes Puys
- Farming MethodOrganic