16 points Jancis Robinson
"Mid, fairly violent crimson. Quite sweet and fruity. Chalky finish. Lots of pleasure but perhaps not one of the purest. Immediate pleasure is what’s on offer."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Noblaie sits at one of the highest points of the Chinon appellation and is essentially two long, sloping hillsides covering 24 hectares. The soil is mostly limestone (some of it quite deep) covered with clay and limestone shards. The property is certified organic by Ecocert and has been working this way since about 2005. All harvests are carried out by hand (rare in Chinon) and in multiple passes through the vines. Unlike many other properties that hand harvest, Noblaie has the same team year after year and the vineyard and winery triage is quite severe. The point is not to produce green or vegetal Cabernet Franc but to find that perfect razor’s edge maturity that privileges the earthiness and spiciness of the varietal while showing off the fruit and elegance at the same time.
The ancient culture of the vine gives its name to the village, "Le Vau Breton" which Rabelaisien language, means "Cabernet Franc Valley ", a unique variety of red wine of Chinon.
A blend made from Cabernet Franc grapes grown on our clay-milestone soil. This Chinon has rich red fruits on the nose and a soft rounded palate.