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 Beaujolais-inspired Malbec is exciting and oh so fresh. Fair warning, this could be your new favorite chillable red – seriously, we would drink a lot more Malbec if they all tasted like this.
Organic farming practices, hand-harvested, native yeast fermentation, natural winemaking, unfined/unfiltered, vegan-friendly, and only 1,250 cases produced.
This rustic Pinot Noir hails from a premier cru climat just west of Gevrey-Chambertin. The palate is medium-bodied with rich and concentrated flavors, nice acidity, and integrated tannins. Aged for 19 months in barrel (50% new oak). Only 50 cases produced.
Like all of Burguet’s wines, this bottle is produced from organic (converting to biodynamic) fruit, native yeasts, and is bottled unfined / unfiltered.
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.
This wine is so smooth and an absolute pleasure to drink. It is an unparalleled value for the level of quality and our new gaux-to weeknight Italian sipper.
Organic farming practices, native yeast fermentation, woman-winemaker and only 1700 cases produced annually.