Philippe Alliet’s top level single-vineyard Chinon reds beat Bordeaux at 5x the price!

Philippe Alliet’s top level single-vineyard Chinon reds beat Bordeaux at 5x the price!

Philippe Alliet believes that Chinon wines (100% cabernet franc) can have the depth, concentration and structure of great Bordeaux. He also believes they can accomplish this without losing any of the distinct and gorgeous complexity and unique personality that defines Chinon.

His profound wines from the great 2014 vintage prove that he’s right. Critics agree. The Wine Spectator selected his least expensive “entry level” Chinon from 2014 for their prestigious list of Top 100 Wines of the Year after they awarded it 91 points. (The also selected the 91 point 2015 the next year!) His 2014 “Vieilles Vignes” Chinon was called “rock-solid” and scored even higher, with 93 Spectator points.

Today we have his greatest wines– his barrel-aged, single-vineyard selections from top vineyards on Chinon’s finest hillsides. They rival or surpass many Bordeaux reds that are 5 times the price! They are wines of depth, power and elegance that can last for decades. Fans of cabernet franc need these. Collectors that want to cellar the very best red wines of the Loire Valley region should stockpile them. And those seeking to build a collection of top-level wines that can age and improve while sticking to a budget should read carefully.

Wine #1:

2014 Philippe Alliet Chinon “L’Huisserie” (AOC Chinon, Loire Valley, France) 
Reg. $34.99 
E-mail Sale! 1-5 bottles: $31.99 per bottle
6-11 bottles: $29.99 per bottle
12+ bottles: $27.99 per bottle

Wine #2: 

2014 Philippe Alliet Chinon “Coteau de Noiré” (AOC Chinon, Loire Valley, France) 
Reg. $42.99 
E-mail Sale! 1-5 bottles: $38.99 per bottle
6-11 bottles: $36.99 per bottle
12+ bottles: $34.99 per bottle

  • To order, just call Arrowine. We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington, VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington, DC).
  • Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order.
  • These excellent, 100% cabernet franc, reds arrive at Arrowine tomorrow, Wednesday, October 11th, 2017.
  • Sale prices are good for one week or until supplies sell out.

Here’s more about Domaine Philippe Alliet:

Critics call Domaine Philippe Alliet a “reference point” producer in Chinon, and he’s only getting better. He’s a clear leader of a new wave of Loire winemakers. They’re changing what you can expect from Loire red wines. His wines often even outperform wines from Loire stars like Joguet, Baudry, and Raffault.

He runs his family-owned wine estate, together with his wife Claude and his son Pierre. Alliet makes concentrated, structured and balanced wines. He strives for low yields and optimally ripe fruit. There are no “thin” or “green” wines here. He achieves this through diligent (even obsessive) vineyard management.

Philippe travels to Bordeaux several times a year. He considers the greatest wines of Bordeaux (like Cheval Blanc) his models for what the cabernet franc variety can achieve. His wines display that kind of structure, power, purity and balance!

To achieve this takes an amazing effort. He grows fruit organically at yields far lower than is typical in Chinon (and even lower than is typical for top Bordeaux properties). The estate’s vineyards are fabulously located. He owns ideal plots on some of the most optimal hillsides in Cravant-les-Côteaux, an area considered the finest part of Chinon. He starts with low-yielding old vines. Then he uses green-harvests and canopy-controls to lower yields further and promote optimal ripeness. At harvest, he’s meticulous about timing and rigorous about fruit selection.

Both of these wines came from vineyards considered among the region’s best. Philippe totally de-stemmed the fruit to de-emphasize the green or “vegetal” characteristics that are prominent in many Loire Valley reds. He utilized only native yeasts and a long, slow maceration period (up to five weeks) to achieve gentle but ample extraction. Critics and wine lovers consider his wines among the greatest red wines of the Loire Valley. That’s true even of his lowest-priced entry-level wine but it’s especially true of his top single-vineyard offerings.

About the 2014 vintage:

Very simply, 2014 is among the greatest vintages in the history of the Loire Valley. That’s true generally for the entire region and in particular for cabernet franc. Vinous rated the 2014 vintage of Loire Valley Cabernet Franc at 94 points. That means that 2014 ties (with 2005) as the highest rated vintage for Loire Cabernet Franc since the legendary, 95 point, 1996 vintage.

More about Wine #1: 2014 Philippe Alliet Chinon “L’Huisserie”:

“L’Huisserie” is a steep south-facing vineyard. It has exceptional clay soil with flinty gravel and high limestone content. Located in the “premiere côte” of Chinon, this organically-farmed vineyard has vines over 20 years of age. These vines are fully mature yet young compared to Alliet’s other top vineyards. These exceptional vines create concentrated fruit noted for violet aromas, energetic black and red fruit, mineral complexity, and elegant texture.

Alliet harvested the 2014 “L’Huisserie” into small containers at very low yields (about 33 hl/ha). He vinified it over three plus weeks in concrete vats. He allowed the wine to age for 18 months in 500L barrels (mostly used) to enhance the flavors and complexity.

Here’s how it tastes: The color is very deep ruby red, almost black at the core. The aromas are gorgeous. Floral violet notes merge with black cherries, raspberries, blackberries and herbs like fennel and bay. The energetic palate has ripe red and black fruit, licorice, and minerals balanced with palate-refreshing acidity. The tannins are noble and fine and the texture is fresh and firm. This amazing expression of cabernet franc is exceptional now after airing in a decanter for half an hour. Better yet, allow it to develop a bit more in the bottle and drink it between 2019 and 2026.

 Acclaim: I have not located a review in any U.S. publications, but consider:

  • Alliet’s regular 2014 Chinon earned a score of 15.5 (/20) points from La Revue du Vin de France (LRVF). The Wine Spectator awarded it 91 points (and selected it for their prestigious Top 100 Wines of the Year list).
  • The 2014 Alliet Chinon “Vieilles Vignes” earned 16.5 points from LRVF. It’s Spectator rating was 93 points.
  • This wine, the 2014 Chinon “L’Huisserie,”earned 17.5 points from LRVF. This rare accomplishment is considered the equivalent of a rating in the mid to high 90s.
  • They wrote “17.5 / 20. + Coup de Coeur. Density and softness are the essence of  this spherical wine, liquorice, and carried by an invigorating acidity. Irresistible from its youth but armed for the guard, it imposes itself with ease by its participating harmony of flavors. A real treat!” (The Guide to the Best Wines of France 2017,  RVF)

More about Wine #2: 2014 Philippe Alliet Chinon “Coteau de Noiré”:

This is, simply, one of the finest red wines of the Loire. The “Coteau de Noiré” vineyard is outrageously steep (40% slope) and is considered perhaps the greatest of Chinon’s “Grand Cru” level vineyards. It is a wine that defines the greatness of the cabernet franc variety. And this 2014 is perhaps the best “Coteau de Noiré” yet. This is wine for the patient with the potential to age for two decades with good storage.

The 2014  “Coteau de Noiré” was hand harvested into small containers. Yields were extremely low. Vinification lasted over three weeks in neutral vats. It was then aged for 18 months in French oak barriques (80% new).

Here’s how it tastes:  The color is extremely deep ruby with purple reflections and black at the core. The aromas are rich, deep and complex with lilac and violet enhancing black raspberry and blackberry fruit, chocolate and licorice. The powerfully structured palate shows dark fruit that builds to show herbs, spices, chocolate and vanilla. Powerful and exceptionally long, this will benefit from 3-4 years in the cellar and can evolve favorably until it is two decades old.

Acclaim: Again, I have not located reviews yet in U.S. publications. La Revue du Vin de France (LRVF) awarded this great 2014 an amazing 18.5/20, their highest rating ever for any vintage of this prestigious red. This rating is the quality equivalent of a score in the upper 90s. It was also selected for the Coup de Coeur” award. They wrote: “What vigor, purity and precision in the intense and profiled flavors of this extraordinary material! Elegant, harmonious, this serene wine is surprisingly close to the original flavors of the grape, served by a breeding of excellence. ” (The Guide to the Best Wines of France 2017,  RVF)

Ordering:

Again, to order these terrific, 100% cabernet franc reds, just call Arrowine. We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington, VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington, DC). Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order. These excellent, 100% cabernet franc, reds arrive at Arrowine tomorrow, Wednesday, October 11th, 2016. Sale prices are good for one week or until supplies sell out.

Thank you for taking the time to read about Domaine Philippe Alliet and his highly acclaimed, cellar-worthy, world-class single-vineyard wines from Chinon.

Jim Cutts

Arrowine

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Posted On: 10 Oct 17