2017 François Cazin Cheverny Rouge «Le Petit Chambord»
Region: France, Loire - Touraine
Grape Varieties: Gamay, Pinot Noir
Dry, light-bodied red; red berries, minerals | Hainanese chicken rice
About two-thirds Gamay (the maximum permitted under AOC rules), with some Pinot Noir supporting, the Cheverny rouge is delightful, early-drinking wine. The Gamay grapes undergo some carbonic maceration to give it that burst of fruit in youth, and it’s a wine reminiscent of Beaujolais from a cooler year – fragrant, forward and zippy.
Great with poultry across the spectrum, from a tender chicken to gamy pheasant, especially with lots of butter (as with a fricassée).
The Cazin family have worked their Le Petit Chambord estate for five generations. François himself has been making wine since 1976, long before other winemakers jumped on the bandwagon of the new AOC status for both Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny. The vines François currently farms vary dramatically in age, with some planted back in 1928 and the youngest in 2003. His philosophy is simple: "It's how things have been done in my family." This means almost no chemical intervention, hand-harvesting, natural yeasts, and a patient elevage before releasing the wines. Geologically, the region sees a mix of clay, chalk and silex, however François has a propensity towards the heavier clay soils, with more silex in Cheverny, and a fraction more chalk in Cour-Cheverny.
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