2006 Domaine Philippe Alliet Chinon

SKU #1036707

One of my favorite affordable wines has just arrived. Phillipe Alliet is considered by many, including me, to be the most exciting producer in Chinon today. His wines have finesse, subtlety and presence without being manipulated or over wooded. They are pure, exhillerating Cabernet Francs that make great partners to many foods. We have just received his "young" cuvee, the first release of the year and the wine which we sell out of the fastest due to its price and the fact that it is just so tasty. According to La Revue du Vin de France: Phillipe Alliet is: "le plus grand producteur de vins rouges de la Loire." even if you know no French, the meaning is pretty clear. There are no points for this wine!!! But Jim Barr gives it 7 Anderson's dog tails wagging.

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Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/18/2008 | Send Email
This is always one of my favorite producers of Chinon every year. This is Alliet's entry-level Chinon, but he still strives for Cabernet Franc of structure (he is very inspired by Bordeaux wines). Bright fruit on the nose and great berry flavors with great structure and acidity.

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Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.