Reminiscing on that delicious carafe of bistro wine from your last jaunt to Paris? There’s a good chance that it was made from Cabernet Franc. Best known as the signature red grape of the Loire Valley, these peppery, earthy wines are perfect for enjoying chilled with a variety of hearty fare—and this affordable, well-made expression from fifth-generation winemakers Thierry and Lydie Chancelle at Domaine Chancelle is no exception.
Sustainable farming practices, 40-year-old vines, hand harvested, and vinified in a combination of tank and used oak foudres. Light filtration prior to release.
In the heart of the Loire lies Domaine Chancelle, a vineyard located on the magnificent limestone soil of Turquant, a small village nestled between Saumur and Chinon. Thierry Chancelle is a native of Chinon and Lydie, his wife, a daughter and granddaughter of viticulturists in Saumur. The entire family estate is situated on clayey-limestone slopes which consist of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Chenin. Respectful to tradition, but also innovative, they have the concern to highlight the nuances of their terroir by practicing the most natural viticulture to preserve the soil balance of their plots. Chancelle produces powerful and elegant Cabernet Franc, but the couple has a true passion for Chenin. Early in their careers, Thierry and Lydie confessed their love for the variety and actively campaigned for the recognition of a white Saumur-Champigny appellation. (Sourced from Massanois)
This Tempranillo-dominant wine is made with a touch of Garnacha, Graciano, Mazuelo, Viura, and Malvasía Riojana. It’s produced from 50+ year old bush vines and is aged for 12 months in neutral barrel. This is a very elegant example of a high quality Rioja! Sustainable farming practices and only 21,200 bottles produced.
Winemaker Diego Magaña has been quoted saying that “this is probably my favorite of all the vintages I’ve made in Rioja so far.” We’d jump on it!
This is a crisp, bright bistro wine and textbook Cabernet Franc. The price might say “entry-level” but the concentration and complexity suggests otherwise. Serve with a slight chill on it and enjoy with anything off the BBQ.
Organic farming practices, hand-harvested, native yeast fermentation, minimal sulfur addition, and only 1,000 cases produced.
This wine is a knock your socks off, savor every last drop kind of bottle. Just north of Big Sur, this old vine Cabernet is grown on the mountain peak which gives it intensity of flavor and rich minerality.
Sustainable farming practices, dry-farmed, hand-harvested, native yeast fermentation and only 250 cases produced.
If you had to imagine the idyllic setting for a pairing it would be: cheese & charcuterie, pizza, close friends, and your favorite playlist. This wine is a weeknight staple and consistent best-seller.
Certified organic farming practices, woman-winemaker, native yeast fermentation, minimal sulfur addition, and 80% of all electricity used at Massimago is produced by solar panels.