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Domaine Philippe Alliet - Chinon "L'Huisserie" 2016

Domaine Philippe Alliet - Chinon "L'Huisserie" 2016

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The L'Huisserie is a medium bodied, very fine and profound Chinon.

From one of the most impressive producers of Chinon, Domaine Alliet, the Huisserie vineyard is located uphill, on a premier slope in Cravant-les-Côteaux. The soil is composed of yellow limestone (tuffeau) on the surface and clay and flint below.

The grapes ripen perfectly in this south facing vineyard. The nose is full, complex and defining a pure and elegant profile with notes of red berries, light pepper and forest trees.

The taste is medium bodied, refreshing and refined with firm tannins. It can be paired with game dishes, beef stew and strong cheeses. This amazing wine could be cellared for more than ten years. However, you can drink it sooner by decanting for 45 minutes before serving. 100% Cabernet Franc.

"The Huisserie is one of the most refined and elegant Chinons I have ever come across. Philippe, Claude and Pierre Alliet have highlighted all the trademarks of a delicate yet complex Chinon. This can be drunk young or age gracefully. What value!"

The highest care is taken to make this wine. The grapes are harvested by hand in small cases to avoid crushing them and leaking juice. They are then brought to the winery to be destemmed and put in a concrete vat for fermentation. The maceration of the juice with the berries takes place over a three week period to extract all the complex elements of the grapes. There is no cap punching used, only pump-overs to hydrate the cap and slowly extract the elements. The 2016 vintage was matured in 500 litre French oak barrels (30% new) for eighteen months.

*Cap punching is a red winemaking technique used to extract phenolic compounds (colour pigments, tannins and flavours) from the grape solids. It keeps the grape solids soaked, preventing spoilage.

What we say

"The Huisserie is one of the most refined and elegant Chinons I have ever come across. Philippe, Claude and Pierre Alliet have highlighted all the trademarks of a delicate yet complex Chinon. This can be drunk young or age gracefully. What value!"

Technical notes

The highest care is taken to make this wine. The grapes are harvested by hand in small cases to avoid crushing them and leaking juice. They are then brought to the winery to be destemmed and put in a concrete vat for fermentation. The maceration of the juice with the berries takes place over a three week period to extract all the complex elements of the grapes. There is no cap punching used, only pump-overs to hydrate the cap and slowly extract the elements. The 2016 vintage was matured in 500 litre French oak barrels (30% new) for eighteen months.

*Cap punching is a red winemaking technique used to extract phenolic compounds (colour pigments, tannins and flavours) from the grape solids. It keeps the grape solids soaked, preventing spoilage.