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1976 Couly Dutheil "Baronnie Madeleine" Chinon

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Maison Couly-Dutheil is undeniably one of the finest estates of Chinon with eighty acres of prime Chinon vineyards as well as seven hectares of Saumur and Saumur Champigny. The estate's Chinon holdings are impressive indeed as they spread over three distinct Chinon terroirs: Sand and gravel along the Vienne River which produce light and fruit driven wines, siliceous slopes and plateaus which impart a certain finesse and elegance to Chinon; and finally clay and limestone slopes which produce Chinon's most serious and profound wines. In the most successful years they select the most feminine barrels from all of the different vineyards for La Baronnie Madeleine, a label in honor of Madeleine Couly-Dutheil the great matriarch of this historic estate. The 1976 is from the single most important vintage in history for Chinon wines (It's Eric's birth year), this wine is drinking beautifully now. Lighter bodied at this point but it still shows nice cranberry and cherry fruit with a flinty mineral thing going on. A must try for Cabernet Franc lovers. These bottles just flew in from France, straight from the winery hence such pristine condition.

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Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/26/2015 | Send Email
Wow!! At 39 years old this Chinon is more beautiful than ever. We had this bottle open for 3 days and it only got better. The wine is all umami while still having a backbone of fruit. On the nose notes of dill, iron and tomato show through while on the palate there’s soy, mushrooms, organic earth, meat, and soft cherry tannins. It’s somehow so elegant while showing so much flavor. Just stunning!

Staff Image By: Eric Story | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/24/2015 | Send Email
I can’t believe how well this wine is holding up! Unlike me, this 1976er is aging gracefully and with class. Such sweet fruit on the nose with touches of tobacco, strawberry and earth.

Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2013 | Send Email
This wine is drinking beautifully right now. Stewed red cherry, warm saddle leather, earth, mineral, sandalwood with great acidity, even at 37 years old. Well-balanced, elegant, fine tannin. An incredible value for older Chinon. A rare treat.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2012 | Send Email
From the single most important vintage in history for Chinon wines, this wine is drinking beautifully now. Lighter bodied at this point but still shows nice cranberry and cherry fruit with a flinty mineral thing going on. A must try for the Cabernet Franc lovers. This bottle just flew in from France, straight from the winery, hence such pristine condition

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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.


- 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.