The La Diablesse is a Cabernet Franc from Beaumont en Véron from the so-called Picasse terroir, which is characterised by clay and white limestone. The vineyard faces north and covers just 0.8 hectares. Vines aged between 50 and 100 years are planted there. The grapes were harvested by hand and fermented spontaneously with their own yeasts in concrete to preserve the typical freshness of the terroir. This was followed by a slow malolactic fermentation in 400-litre barrels . The wine was bottled after eleven months unfined and unfiltered with little sulphur.
deep ruby red, tending towards black
The 2018s Chinon La Diablesse is a dense, opulent and intense Cabernet Franc with a mixture of blackberries, black cherries and a little cassis, accompanied by warm forest floor, dark chocolate and allspice. A hint of green notes typical of a Cabernet flashes here and there, but overall the wine presents a primarily ripe fruit of the vintage.
On the palate, this is a pure, clear, juicy and taut Chinon with a present tannin structure and a lively acidity. What is fascinating is the tension that the La Diablesse and holds it until the finale. It appears elegant and fine and also earthy. The dark, juicy and ripe fruit is accompanied by dark spices and a little black tea and chocolate. But the acidity and tonic minerality play the main role, promising the wine a long life.
Food recommendations by Christoph Raffelt
- Rara Lamb with Garam Masala
- Quail stuffed with plums, chinon sauce and chanterelles
- Smoked veal kidney with pumpkin sprouts
Château de Coulaine
Chateau de Coulaine, 2 rue de Coulaine, 37420 Beaumont-en-Véron / France, Organic certificate: FR-BIO-01