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Domaine de Pallus La Croix Boissée Cabernet Franc
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Domaine de Pallus La Croix Boissée Cabernet Franc 2015

Chinon, Touraine, Loire, FranceDomaine de Pallus is a Loire Valley winery founded in 1889 and one owned by the same family for more than 130 years. It is currently run by Bertrand Sourdais, who returned to his native Chinon after working a decade in the famed Spanish winery Dominio de Atuata in Riberio del Duero. He works his vineyards biodynamically to complement his respect for nature. La Croix Boissée comes from vines planted in 1974, located on the best slope of the Cravant hill, and with ideal exposure to the south. Sourdais describes it as a Chinon treasure. The soil is a mix of sand and clay soil over deeper, calcareous soil, the natural rock of the region. The cabernet franc provides dense red fruit aroma with a minerality that originates from the tuffeau soils. As Sourdais says, cabernet franc and limestone have a synergy. La Croix Boissée comes off a half hectare site farmed using biodynamic practices, and was planted in 1974 to a masale selection of cabernet franc at 5000 vines per hectare. Its aged 18 months in Burgundy barrels.Tasted: 09 March 2020Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 114.68 estimated retail Producer: Domaine de PallusDistributors: Altus Wines
Grape: Cabernet Franc