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Chinon Rouge Vieilles Vignes, Alliet, Philippe 2020

Tasting Notes

The 2020 Les Vieilles Vignes hails from a gravel-based vineyard of 50 to 80 years old vines. Matured in concrete tank over 18 months, the result is all black cherry, blackcurrant and a hint of piquancy. It's round and shimmies around your mouth. Excellent, resolved, gravelly tannins coat the palate. All in all, it's charming. A minor gripe is the touch of alcohol (14.1% alcohol) that leaves a slight warmth and partly detracts from the finish; otherwise, it is delightfully handled. The 2019 was perhaps a little better. The 2020 is a bigger, riper style. Tank sample.

Rebecca Gibb MW, vinous.com, August 2022
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