jamie goode's wine blog: Domaine de Chevalerie: fantastic Loire reds

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Domaine de Chevalerie: fantastic Loire reds

I'm a huge fan of red wines from the Loire, which, when they're good, are fantastically fresh and characterful. I'm almost always in the mood for a good Loire red, which is something I can't say for all wine styles. Here are two brilliant wines from Domaine de Chevalerie, which is owned by the Caslot family: Pierre, Stephanie and Emmanuel. This domaine is currently in conversion to organics (will be certified by Ecocert from the 2009 vintage) and is experimenting with biodynamics. It's definitely a domaine to watch.

Domaine de Chevalerie 'Galichets' 2006 Bourgeuil
Just lovely. Pure, sweet blackcurrant and dark cherry fruit with some grippy, savoury gravelly notes sitting in there beautifully with the sweet fruit. Rich, with good concentration, but also lovely freshness and definition. Good tannic structure. 91/100 (Les Caves de Pyrene, 16.99 Handford)

Domaine de Chevalerie 'Chevalerie' 2006 Bourgeuil
From southwest facing 70 year old vines on sandy clay over limestone. Beautiful wine. Lovely full aromatic nose of dark cherries, blackcurrants and smooth chalky gravelly notes which add definition. The palate is midweight with elegant fruit and silky-yet-firm tannins. Supple and quite complex, this is a delicious wine with a sense of place. 91/100 (14.60 Berry Bros & Rudd)

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At 5:29 AM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Interesting as I drank yesterday a bottle of Crochet La Croix du Roy 2005 which was similar to your description of the "Galichets" although your savoury gravelly notes were just described as stones by me!!
Its the first red Sancerre I have ever tasted,and is certainly as good as many a burgundy I have had, and cheaper than most at 14 a bottle

At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sancerre is pretty different to Bourgeuil tho, Keith - the latter is a lot more gutsy and meaty. Don't you like Loire Cab F?

At 9:26 PM, Blogger Paulo Coelho Vaz said...

And the Portuguese Primus and Esporao? Your opinion is always important for Portuguese wines lovers.

At 7:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Keith - I see your name a lot on this site - are you a pro wine critic or wine entrepreneur of some sort?

At 9:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, he just thinks that every South African wine is fantastic, and that no one should ever drink a wine until it's at least 10 years old.


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