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Les Pensées de Pallus Chinon

by Domaine de Pallus 2018

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Producer : Domaine de Pallus

Region : France (France), Loire (France)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Cured Meat, Red Meat, Steak

Tasting Notes

"The 2018 Les Pensees de Pallus is a rich round and ripe style of Chinon reflecting this warm vintage. There's a low level of slippery tannins, reminiscent of the texture of slip, providing gentle grip. It could be approached now, but it's still very young. Displaying notes of primary black cherry fruits, tea leaf, baking spices and a lifted element. This is very much a wine of its vintage but has a remakrable freshness and a sense of crunch adding tension. Long length. It's red to drink but has a decade of evolution."

Rebecca Gibb MW, June 2022


Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Cellaring Cellar
Sweetness XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Domaine de Pallus
Region France (France), Loire (France)
Alcohol 13.5% alc./vol.
Style Smooth and silky reds
Vintage 2018
Farming Method Biodynamic
Grapes 100% Cabernet Franc
Food Pairing Cured Meat, Red Meat, Steak
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $299.94

The Producer

Domaine de Pallus

Bertrand Sourdais, is among the finest Cabernet Franc producers in the world today. He grew up at Pallus but decamped for Spain after completing his enology studies in Bordeaux. While achieving stardom in Spain, Bertrand remained passionate about his native Chinon, and for its emblematic variety, Cabernet Franc.

In the early 2000s, with his father’s retirement nearing, Bertrand took up the challenge of creating something great at Pallus. In Spain, he questioned orthodoxy and returning to Pallus believed he could chart a new course.

His goal, ultimately, was to honor Chinon’s soils and its ancient traditions. But he knew that to do so he would need to correct the flaws that persisted in the region’s traditional methods, while avoiding the mistakes typically made by modernists.

Bertrand began his quest in the autumn of 2003. From the start, he has worked in the vineyards to create harmony and balance, while striving tirelessly to find the potential of each vine. And though biodynamics have become an important tool for many Loire Valley growers, they were merely a starting point in Bertrand’s quest to set his vineyards on the right path.

He has completely rethought the winemaking process; often reverting to techniques favored by much earlier generations. He employs extended macerations—up to an astonishing forty days—to capture the ‘true’ personality of Chinon. Elévage is similarly long and gentle; he primarily ages his wines in used barrels from elite Burgundy estates. The wines are handled less, and bottled later, than those of almost any other domaine in Chinon.


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