Domaine Grosbois 2016 'Clos du Noyer' Chinon AOC
Item Number: 12279
Sub Region: Touraine
Appellation/AVA: Chinon AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Franc
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic
Soil Type: Clay and sand over limestone
Vineyard Notes: Domaine Grosbois' wines are made from the Cabernet Franc grape, grown here on limestone bedrock, with soils consisting of mostly clay and limestone. Different soils of the estate modulate the unique character of each wine. The gravelly soil of the low hills lends for fruitier wines, whereas on the top of the hill, of which the Clos du Noyer fruit is sourced, argilo-siliceous lands produce more structured wines.
Winemaking Notes: Cabernet Franc fruit is harvested by hand from biodynamically farmed old vines with southern exposure. An 18-day, spontaneous fermentation occurs in open concrete tanks with indigenous yeasts. The wine is aged for 25 months in concrete tanks, and an additional 8 months in cement tanks. The Clos du Noyer Chinon is lightly filtered and unfined.
Tasting Notes: The wines of Domaine Grosbois are true bistro wines: food friendly and easy to drink with a succulent complexity. Not a lot of pretension, not a lot of cosmetic surgery—just fresh fruit and a whole lot of personality. Pair it like a local, with spring vegetables, river fish and grilled or herb roasted meats.
93pts (2015 Vintage) Vinous 7/16/2020
"In 2014 and 2015, Clos du Noyer was aged for a year in 25-hectoliter foudre rather than concrete tank. The 2015 is super meaty and bloody, with notes of mint and forest floor. Very earthy, but on the palate, it’s seamless and balanced with fine tannins, blackberry and also underlying savoriness, hints of tomato jam throughout, and a long smoky finish. Elegant rusticity and depth."
93pts (2018 Vintage) Vinous 7/16/2020
"From an ancient one-hectare parcel that sits on the estate’s highest slope, aged nine months in concrete tank. Deep purple. Dense and intense, meaty and bloody on the nose at first, then aromas of berry and violet. In the mouth, it’s more muscular than other Grosbois bottlings, delivering firmer tannins. Expansive and generous, with attractive dark chocolate and espresso on the finish."