Chinon, Château de la Grille 2014


Chinon, Château de la Grille 2014


Cabernet Franc

If you love wine then at some stage you will want to own, drink and enjoy one of the world`s so called iconic wines. The problem is usually one of high cost and low availability.  Château de la Grille from the Loire Valley is the solution – a truly iconic wine that provides indulgence and pleasure for all aficionados of the vine.
The story:
The origins date back to the 15th century but it was in the 1800`s when purchased by the famous historian Marquis Gustave de Cougny that Ch de La Grille became the benchmark red wine for quality in the Loire Valley. In 1951 when Albert Gosset acquired the estate (Gosset ,the oldest wine house in champagne, Ay 1584 had always presented their champagne in a unique antique flask rather than a standard bottle) he soon decided that the red wine from Château de La Grille was also worthy of this unusual honour. Fast forward to 2009 when local winemakers Christophe Baudry and Jean-Martin Dutour purchased the estate then the quality, tradition (and unique bottle) of Ch. de La Grille continues.
The wine:
The grapes are hand-picked during October from vines over 50 years old. They then flow gently down via gravity into a modern underground winery and after vinification spend 12 months in oak barrels (50% ) and stainless steel tanks (50%).After blending and bottling the wines rest for at least 2 years before release onto the market. Only produced in the best years (no Ch. de La Grille rouge in neither 2012 nor 2013) this wine is only just starting its drinking life now and will develop for at least a further 10 years or so. Dark and inviting with aromas of red wild fruits and slightly spicy notes. On the palate bright and lively, full bodied yet soft tannins with big hits of blueberry and blackberry. A very long succulent finish and overall a wine that is capable of transforming a meal into a special moment.
In summary – an iconic wine!
Drink 2018 — 2028

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