Angelique Leon Chinon 2020

Angelique Leon Chinon 2020

Angelique Leon Chinon 2020

Regular price $18.00
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We wine folk do like to talk about farming. That’s extra true when the farmer is Angelique Leon, who does it organically and with as little intervention as possible. When it comes to Cabernet Franc in its ancestral home of Chinon, the wine does most of the talking for us, because there may not be a wine from anywhere else that tastes so explicitly of the soil it comes from. We don’t think that every bottle of Chinon has a scoop of vineyard dirt in it, but with aromas like these we are given to wonder. Red clay, potting soil, chalk and rock salt, underbrush featuring dry savory herbs and tomato leaves. If you’re starting to wonder if I’m discussing wine, there’s fruit here too; black raspberry jam and juicy black cherry, together with that iconic Cab-Franc note of roasted red bell pepper, but this wine is first and foremost about the earth. The texture is driven by the same themes, with sturdy, rough-hewn tannins and home-spun acidity framing a warm, earthy flavored and satisfying wine that offers grace notes of strawberry, cornflour, and dried oregano, but that totemic note of clay-packed earth is present from first sniff through the resonant finish.
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