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Marc Plouzeau Chateau de la Bonneliere Le Clos de la Bonneliere 2018

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Red wine. Chinon, Loire Valley, France. Organic. 100% Cabernet Franc. "The Chinon “le Clos de la Bonnelière” hails from a three hectare parcel of thirty-five year-old vines that surround the Château de la Bonnelière and which are planted on clay and limestone soils. The wine is raised in demi-muids for twelve months prior to bottling and the 2018 version offers up a beautiful bouquet of cassis, sweet dark berries, a touch of tree bark, cigar smoke, juniper berries and a lovely base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and intensely flavored, with a very fine core of fruit, ripe, moderate tannins and a long, tangy and beautifully vibrant, complex finish. I would guess that in most vintages, this is a lovely drink right out of the blocks, but the depth and structure of the 2018 vintage has given this a lovely structural chassis to age on, and as tasty as this wine is today, it is going to be even better with five or ten years’ worth of bottle age." — 92+ Points, John Gilman, View From The Cellar #87 (May/June 2020)