Domaine Philippe Alliet
Philippe Alliet, his wife Claude, and now son Pierre have farmed in Cravant-les-Coteaux (the location of some of the finest Cabernet Franc vineyards in the Loire), in the heart of the Chinon appellation, since 1985.
Philippe is a huge admirer of Bordeaux and he aims to make wines that share the same concentration, density and structure. Yields are very low – circa 28hl/ha – and grapes are picked at optimal ripeness. All of his cuvées show great purity, balance and have the capacity to age extremely well.
These wines came recommend to us via several of our Burgundian growers and Alliet’s wines frequent the restaurant lists of Beaune, an extra special treat when you stumble across one with a good few years bottle age. Phillipe is deservedly one of the iconic winemakers of the Loire Valley.
|Wine||Grapetype(s)||Vine age||Soil type||Vineyard area|
|Chinon||Cabernet Franc||From younger vines||Alluvial soils||-|
|Chinon Vieilles Vignes||Cabernet Franc||50 years on average||-||-|
|Chinon L'Huisserie||Cabernet Franc||Planted in 2004||Clay & silex||2ha|
|Chinon Coteau de Noiré||Cabernet Franc||Planted in the 1980s & 90s||Clay & limestone||-|
Viticulture / Vinification
- Indigenous yeasts for fermentations
- Grapes are destemmed
- Long fermentation - taking place over 5 weeks with pigeage
- Malolactic fermentation in barrels
- Élevage in barrel, tank & demi-muids depending on the cuvée, for up to 18 months
- Fined with egg-whites before bottling