Couly-Dutheil Chinon Rouge Clos d’Olive 2017

Couly-Dutheil
Chinon
Red Wine
Cabernet Franc
100 hectares
Limestone
East
80 years
Conventional
Developed in tanks for 7-8 monhs before bottling
2017

Description

Made from 100-year-old Cabernet Franc vines, growing on unique limestone and clay soil, this wine is dense and extremely complex. A magnificent example of a fine Loire red from what is arguably Chinon’s greatest producer. Great aging potential, too. Full bodied and concentrated, a great vintage for Clos de L’Olive with abundant fruit, sweet rich mouthfeel and ripe juicy tannins.

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Reviews

93pts Vinous– 2017  vintage

Black cherries and chocolate meet in the supple, mouth-filling 2017 Chinon Clos de L’Olive. Suave with swagger, it offers both ripe, dark fruits and savoriness and a subtle twist of peppery spice. Excellent concentration of fruit with an abundance of limestone-derived, fine-grained chalky tannin. Long, smoky length and –while it’s rich – excellent balance. A wine that Bordeaux lovers will really enjoy for its elegant, restrained style. Long, long length. Already starting to drink, this is currently more appealing than the estate’s other famed single-vineyard, Clos de l’Echo, which typically takes longer to come around.

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