Domaine Philippe Alliet Chinon Coteau de Noiré 2015 – $49,50. Shining Chinon
Before trying this, I did not have much experience with upscale wines from the Loire, and after this one I must say I sure hope I’ll get to try many (many) more! This is quite green on the nose, and it reminds a little of walking into a greenhouse, or a flower shop in the spring. In particular, I get aloe, eucalyptus, pepper and more “trad” notes of blueberry and plum. This has quite a bit of zing on the palate, so much that it can surprise a bit, but I got used to it quick. Tannins are melted, much like you expect from a standard Cab Franc. Flavor-wise, I immediately got the blueberry-lime my mother used to make, so I’ll try to stay objective despite the nostalgia that brings me! Otherwise, we still have plum, all with a pepper kick serving aside subtle vanilla on the background. What impresses here is the chiseled way in which flavors dance in that glass, never stepping on each other’s toes. This is top shelf stuff for sure – to try if you have the means, you won’t be sorry!
SAQ Link: Domaine Philippe Alliet Chinon Coteau de Noiré 2015 – $49,50.
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