Alice Feiring wrote about this wine — and I figured I better get my hands on a few bottles after she pronounced it wine of the year.
I purchased it from Chambers Street Wines for $10.99 a bottle. As Alice noted in her post, Chambers Street direct imports the wine — and you can only find it at their store.
The nose is pure Chinon, Loire — great aromatics with perfumed violet and berry with a bit of earthiness, pencil shavings and and some herbaceousness. On the palate, it is a bit rustic as Alice notes, but also displays great purity as well. I was expecting it to bring the funk, and it did have some funk, but not your farmers market in a bottle cab franc. Loaded with plum, some green pepper — and as Alice noted, green tea — probably the best example of a flavor profile that includes green tea you will ever find in a wine — the green tea component really comes through. Quite a lovely bottle and an interesting bottle as well — not to mention an outstanding value at $10.99 a bottle.