The Domaine Fabrice Gasnier Story
Cabernet Franc makes its debut on our list here (as a monovarietal, anyway) and not before time. With the deliciously ripe – but still classic and typical vintage of 2014, this seems like a good time to be making a first shipment.
Fabrice and his wife Sandrine run an estate of 27 hectares. Fabrice is the fourth generation in charge of an estate which until the 1960s also included arable crops as well as sheep, pigs and cows. He has been running the estate organically since 2000 and is now fully certified by Demeter.
Domaine Fabrice Gasnier Wines
A range of wines from the different soil types of the appellation are produced. The rich gravel soils by the river produce the first bottling each vintage, ‘Les Graves’, which is unoaked. Later in the year, after a year in barrel, the other cuvées will be bottled from the more sand and clay soils higher up the slope, with their unique tuffeau (limestone) subsoil. A range of different barrel sizes and coopers are used, including some Stockinger barrels from Austria which we spotted here when we visited in April. Les Graves is a great introduction to the grape, the appellation, the vintage and the producer.
|GACHB15B||Le Côteau de Sonnay, Chinon Blanc||2015|
|GACHG18B||Les Graves, Chinon Rouge||2018|
|GACVV18B||Vieilles Vignes, Chinon Rouge||2018|
|GACAN15B||L’Ancienne, Chinon Rouge||2015|
|GACAN14B||L’Ancienne, Chinon Rouge||2014|