Wine of the Week – La Cuisine de ma mere, Chinon 2013

From Domane Grosbois, Cuvee La Cuisine de ma mere 2013 is made with organic ertified grapes and, as in his mother’s kitchen, “will and lots of love,” says Nicolas Grosbois.

The Chinon is 11.5 percent ABV.

Located in the heart of the Loire Valley, the family vineyard is located between forest and river in “Le Pressoir” in the Panzoult Chinon appellation. Since the 15th century, the area has produces wines with aromas of red fruits and violets from limestone or clay soils. Domaine Grosboi has been owned by the family since 1820 – 22 acres of vineyards and a 15th century fortified farmhouse.

Nicolas returned home to work in the family business in 2005 and they decided to bottle the wines based on their terroir-driven vineyards. For the next six years, he worked in the south of France, Chile, New Zealand, elsewhere in the Loire Valley, Oregon and Australia, coming home with the belief that his travels and experiences showed him how wine reflects the story of its place and people.

In 2008, he took over the farm and fully embraced bottling the Cabernet Franc, based on the various plots they came from. They are all different and aged prior to bottling.

The wine’s importer, Cape, explains that the 2009 – 2011 vintages are Ecocert converting to organic agriculture with his 2012 vintage marking the first official Ecocert organic certification. Grosbois cultivates the land with cereals and created a small herd of cattle with the goal of balancing the animal and vegetal parts of the farm, thereby avoiding a monoculture while creating a self sustaining agro-system.

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