Solid Loire red: Domaine Philippe Alliet Chinon 2020

Philippe Alliet is one of the big names of Chinon and this is their entry level wine (a cabernet franc, of course). I brought the bottle to a recent blind tasting and it showed very well, everyone loved it and thought that it was impressive. It’s a bit different compared to other Loire cabernet franc I adore, though.

A riper expression, halfway between Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. Well integrated, shy oak gives it a warmer character, roundness and power, it’s not your lean and fresh cabernet franc. A bit reminiscent to a Villány or Tuscan one with its dark, bay leaf and leather aromas. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, the crisp acidity and the firm tannins are well integrated. Good concentration combined with French elegance and restraint. A very good wine with lots of personality. 89 points. Stockist: Vinatis, price: 16,34€ / £17,88.