Lydie & Thierry Chancelle 2016 Cabernet Franc, Saumur Champigny, Loire Valley, France
In the heart of the Loire Valley lies Domaine Chancelle, a vineyard located on the magnificent limestone soil of Turquant, a small village nestled between Saumur and Chinon. Lydie Chancelle was born to produce wine, as she’s the daughter (and granddaughter) of winegrowers in Saumur. Her husband Thierry is a native of neighboring Chinon, another village famous for Cabernet Franc.
Winemaker: Lydie Chancelle
Variety: Cabernet Franc, 40 year old vines
Terroir: The entire family estate is situated on clayey-limestone slopes which are planted to 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. 40 years old vines are planted in limestone soils and hand-harvested.
Vinification: The bright red fruit is supported by fermentation in the tank, but the tannins smooth out after aging in large old oak barrels.
There is a reason why Saumur-Champigny is considered a top cru for Cabernet Franc in the Loire Valley- small family growers like the Chancelles pour their hearts into their vineyards, and what we get to enjoy is a true labor of love.
Enjoy now, or feel free to hold on to it for another couple of years. Cabernet Franc is a beautiful accompaniment to hearty late-winter dishes, like lamb and rosemary, beef or mushroom bourguignon, grilled eggplant, roasted chicken, or even tomato sauce.