2008AllietChinonNoire2008 Philippe Alliet, Chinon “Coteau de Noire” AC, Loire Valley France.
Wow, what an amazing effort and beautiful Cabernet Franc from a less than ideal vintage, making this Alliet Chinon that much more impressive. The deep color and concentration are stunning and this Coteau de Noire coming off stressed hillside wines shows great detail and length with sweet and savory tension and wonderful balance. The nose has mineral galore and hints of dried violets, roses and a touch of classic bell pepper spice leading to a medium/full palate of blackberry, cherry and bright currants with hints of warm stones, earthy loam and cedary woodsy notes. This mouth coating Franc has plenty of fine grain tannins and fresh acidity to carry itself and the briery mid palate shows a touch of wildness, otherwise this wine is nothing but class and perfect terroir driven with an elegant nature. This was a brilliant and unexpected surprise, and a totally rewarding wine that should drink nicely for many more years.
($48 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

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