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Chateau de Coulaine Chinon$34.00
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Château de Coulaine is a family-owned estate rich in viticultural tradition which has been operating continuously since 1300. In the 19th century the estate came to be one of the most notable in Chinon before phylloxera reduced the holdings to just over 1 hectare of Clos de Turpenay. Since 1988, Etienne de Bonnaventure took over the farming of that 1 hectare assuming all viticulture and winemaking responsibilities. He has grown the estate to its current 18 hectares, all situated on Chinon’s plateau. Planted mostly with Cabernet Franc (with a little Chenin Blanc making both Chinon Blanc and Touraine Blanc), particular care is taken to re-plant using ‘selection massale’ techniques, as they have done for generations. The vineyards have been organically farmed since 1997, being the first in the appellation to be certified organic and all grapes are hand-harvested and vinified, following a non-interventionalist path. Coulaine’s low yields result in deeply concentrated, savoury and succulent expressions of Cabernet Franc with ripe and polished tannins – a harmonious balance between the traditional and modern worlds.