Lamé Belisle Boucard, Domaine des Chesnaies is a mid-sized producer in Bourgeuil, with some 35 ha of vines. The wines are aged in large wooden foudres (barrels), and the best cuvées have extended barrel ageing. The older wines tasted here were until very recently stored in the Domaine's own cellars, carved into the tufa limestone that is typical of the region. I suspect it's partly because of the cool conditions of these cellars (a constant 6-8 °C) that the older wines here were showing so well. In particular, the 1976 is a real stunner. It may yet improve more. If the more recent vintages of the same cuvée are made in the same style, then it may well be worth investing in. After all, because of the Loire's semi-unfashionable status, the prices for these wines are remarkably fair.
Grape variety :
100% Cabernet Franc
Date of harvest : 7 October 2016
vinified in stainless steel vats, at low temperatures, with a moderate extraction for a 10-day vinification period.The goal is to obtain a fruity wine with soft and round tannins.
Raising andbottling : this cuvée was assembled in December 2016, after a slight filtration, it wasbottledin March 2017, to preserve its fruity.
Shelf life : to consume within three years to enjoy its fruity potential.
Tasting : red ruby, this wine retains the attention by the great elegance of its aromatic palette (blackcurrant, cherry, ripe, raspberry, with some spicy nuances);the tannins are fine and silky.
Food and wine pairing : wine of ideal pleasure on simple dishes, pizzas, quiches, meats, white meat, fish sauce in the wine.Perfect for buffets, barbecues or picnics with friends.