Chinon is an important appellation for the Cabernet Franc grape, located within the Touraine wine region just to the west of Tours. At approximately 2,500 hectares, it represents a slightly larger zone than its neighbour Bourgueil. Fabrice Delalande tookover the winery from his father Jean-Claude in 1990- who established the winery back in 1964. The domaine can be located at the highest point of the Vienne Valley municipality. Spread over clay-siliceous soil, characterised by the abundance of pebbles, their soils have favorable conditions for the good maturity of high quality grapes of which they solely grow Cabernet Franc grapes as per the Chinon AOC. Work in the vineyard is in a manual and traditional way and the winery is relatively modern with an emphasis on keeping as much definition of the Cabernet Franc aromatic and fruit character.
Bright, fresh and varietal, this red from Domaine de la Semellerie can't fail to entice. Expect aromas of red berries, flowers and pencil shavings.