Chateau du Petit Thouars Les Georges Chinon 2018
Sébastien named this cuvée in honor of his ancestors, nearly all of whom are named “George” (in fact, his real first name is “George,” too). The friendliest of the estate’s three red-wine offerings, “Les Georges” is produced entirely from the free-run juice of Cabernet Franc, and is vinified and aged in steel tank. Far from a simple gulper, however, “Les Georges” is classic Chinon in its marriage of vibrant fruit, honest tannins, and refreshing earth-mineral interplay. The extraction is beautifully judged, and the gentle structure and perky acidity operate in happy unison to create an overall impression of drive and freshness. It’s a real lip-smacker, with plenty of lovely spice and fruits that lean toward the red end of the spectrum. Michel employs a two-day cold soak before fermentation begins, favoring remontage over pigeage here in order to render suppler tannins. This cuvée comes primarily from “Les Plantes,” the thirteen hectares of Cabernet Franc immediately behind (to the west of) “Le Clos” which Sébastien’s father planted between 1980 and 1988.