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Chinon ‘Le Temps des Cerises', Domaine de la Noblaie 2019

Red Wine from France - Loire
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From one of the Loire’s brightest young winemakers comes this deeply coloured, fragrant cabernet franc made with a light touch in the hot 2019 vintage to ensure only to extract bright fruit and gentle texture.
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Code: LO15661

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Cabernet Franc
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2023
  • 13% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, natural

Jérôme Billard (Domaine de la Noblaie)

Jérôme Billard is a young grower who has taken over the reins of the family business in recent years. His grandparents bought the property for their retirement having migrated from the Corrèze department, and Jérôme’s father was professor of oenology at the agricultural college in Montreuil-Bellay. Jérôme trained with Moueix in Bordeaux and California, and later in New Zealand, and returned to the domaine with a fresh outlook but a great respect for the integrity of Chinon’s grapes, working organically since 2008.

The family now farms 21 hectares, 16 of which they own, around the hamlet of Le Vau Breton, a name which in the time of 15th-century poet and trencherman Rabelais meant ‘The Valley of Cabernet Franc’. 17 hectares are planted with cabernet franc and 4 with chenin blanc, and Jérôme vinifies parcels separately and by the age of the vines to retain their particular characteristics.

Loire Vintage 2019

Yet another exceptional vintage! Perhaps these atypical years are the vintages of the future? 2019 was another year of extremes and nail biting, with temperatures even in the Loire Atlantique nudging 40C more than once last summer. With so little rain, there were concerns over whether the fruit would actually ripen, but sure enough, some rain did arrive: a little in mid-August, a little more in early to mid-September, depending on the location, refreshing the vines and allowing them to ripen their healthy fruit in fine conditions.

There will be some great reds, with the chance to keep some in store for the future. Whites are ripe and healthy, with, remarkably, a little more freshness than the 2018s, so it will be a great year to explore the length of the Loire.

The Times

… superior, squishyredcurrant-ripe …

Jane MacQuitty

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