"The very informative back label tells me that this was grown on sand and gravel. The fruit was macerated for three weeks and then the wine aged six to eight months in oak in tuff eau caves. I really like the direct fragrance and grainy, crackling, 'taffeta' texture of this archetypal Chinon. Fresh but already appealing and far from skinny, with a refreshing light inkiness. Very successful even if not for the very long term. 16.5/20 points."
"Planted on a former river bed of the Loire, this vineyard profits from the deep gravel soils. This adds minerality to the black-currant fruits with their crisp acidity and spicy aftertaste. Drink the wine from 2020."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Les Galuches lieu-dit is an ancient river bed of the Loire. The name of parcel derives from the presence of gravel. According the records from the era, vines were already well established in this sector by the 1830s. The Cabernet Franc ripens very well in the domaine’s 10 hectare holding on a sand and gravel soil. Les Galuches is always among the first site to be picked because the soil warms up quickly and drains very well. The wine rests 6 months in 500 litre double barriques. It is very aromatic and is noted for its bouquet of violets, followed by lush and supple dark berry/cherry fruit. Les Galuches vineyard has been organically farmed since 2016.