Pallus Chinon Rose "Messanges" 2021, Loire France
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While achieving renown for his work in Spain, Bertrand Sourdais remained passionate for his native Chinon, and for
its emblematic variety, Cabernet Franc. In 2003, with his father’s retirement nearing, Bertrand took up the challenge
of creating something great at his familial estate. As the 5th generation to work this property, he brings a wealth of experience to bear on some of the apellation’s finest vineyard holdings in the very heart of Chinon, Cravant-les-Côteaux.
All farming is biodynamic with average yields around 35hl/ha. Harvesting is by hand, fermentations are spontaneous with indigenous yeasts in concrete and wooden vats, and macerations last for up to 30 days. All wines except Messanges enjoy a long, gentle élevage in Burgundy barrels and then spend at least 3 years in bottle before release.
Primarily from the Clos de Briançon, a sandy site with silex stones that lies near the Vienne river
The grapes are fermented at cool temperatures in concrete tanks. The rouge is aged in concrete and old 600l-barrels for 6 months, while the rosé is raised in stainless steel and bottled after 3-4 months.