The name of this estate in the Loire Valley means "the place where the larks sing". The vineyards, situated just across the river from Chinon and all planted to Cabernet Franc, have been in the same family for seven generations. The Boucards (now Thierry and Christine) make some of the most age-worthy wines in the region, but the Cuvée Alouettes is meant for earlier consumption.
Cuvée Alouettes comes from an 8 hectare vineyard with low-yielding vines ranging from 45-60 years old, planted on sand and clay. The grapes are picked quickly and then kept cool through de-stemming, and temperature is further controlled during fermentation (in stainless steel) in order to preserve freshness and acidity, and to avoid the tannic bite found in some Bourgueil cab franc.
Cabernet Franc from 45-60 year old vines fermented in stainless steel. 2019 was a hot vintage, so th..
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