Domaine Grosbois is a 9h Domaine run by two brothers, Nicolas and Sylvain. Their family vineyard is located at a place called “The Pressoir” Panzoult in the Chinon appellation in the heart of the Loire Valley. Nicolas arrived at the family estate in 2008, after spending 10 years as a “flying winemaker” and having spent time in New Zealand, Australia, Chile and Oregon. After his time abroad, Nicolas strongly believes in not vinifying and ageing in wood, choosing concrete instead to preserve the freshness and vitality. No old oak has been used since 2015. Sylvain similarly spent time abroad in Chile, Oregon working for Domaine Drouhin and Australia. The brothers are passionate about organic viticulture and show their wines at The Raw Wine Fair.
Domaine Grosbois Chinon Rouge Clos du Noyer 2019
The Clos de Noyer is a flagship Cuvée comes from their sandy clay and limestone vineyard of just 1.24 hectares, at the top of the hillside which attenuates the tannins of Cabernet Franc. The grapes are destemmed and undergo a two-to-three day cold maceration. The wines undergo a 20-day cuvaison in concrete tanks and are then also aged in concrete. This unique wine, with an enveloping and spontaneous structure, representative of its terroir of origin, is of exemplary regularity.
Nose: Generous ripe fruits, typical cabernet franc and nice notes of liquorice
Palate: First, sensations of blackberries. Then black fruits and a feeling of freshness from “milliarge” soils. Complex spicy notes. Tannins present, giving a sense of balance and distinction. A straightforward and homogeneous wine.