21 December Holiday Showstopper - Rare Domaine Couly Dutheil, Chinon, Les Chanteaux 2016 December 21, 2017By Savour Wine & Cheese General, Reviews Savour Wine & Cheese 0 Couly Dutheil's Les Chanteaux 2016 cult favorite Couly Dutheil's Les Chanteaux has such a huge fan club that it's tough to keep this in stock. This 100% Chenin Blanc is a wonderful and unique expression of the grape. The wine is dry, round, and vibrant with floral aromas and a little melon, white pear and pineapple on the palate. The 2016 vintage is stupendous! Spring frost damage in Chinon reduced yields by 40%, so when this cult favorite is gone, it's gone. Stock up now. Domaine Couly Dutheil, Chinon, Les Chanteaux 2016 $27.99 per bottle Couly Dutheil's Les Chanteaux has such a huge fan club that it's tough to keep this in stock. Couly Dutheil makes fewer than 1,500 cases of Les Chanteaux each year, the vast majority of which is scooped up by France's finest restaurants. We buy all we can, and our allocation has grown over time, but this wine always runs out. Les Chanteaux is 100% Chenin Blanc, grown in two different vineyards in Chinon: Les Goupillieres and Les Molieres, both known for their chalky soil and sunny exposures. The chalk in the soil is an essential aspect of the terroir - the Chenin Blanc grape requires that chalkiness to develop it's pronounced acidity. In white wines acidity is what makes the difference and between refreshing, crisp vibrancy and just OK. It also magnifies the fruit. Couly Dutheil's Chanteaux is the wine that continually steals the show at tastings and it has stolen the heart of the French and American press. We were thrilled to see the 2015 vintage was awarded 93 points and landed in the Top 5 "Highly Recommended" dry Loire Chinon white wines in a Decanter panel tasting. "Enticing aromas of ripe pear, chalk and minerals. The flavors show the same confidence with a touch of ginger spice and honey in a supple, energetic, style with stony depth. An engaging wine full of charm and seductive balance."- Decanter , 2015 vintage There are others in Chinon who attempt to grow the Chenin Blanc grape on inferior soil, with inferior results. Couly Dutheil's Les Chanteaux is sans doute the best white wine made in Chinon, and there's a line of three-star chefs out the door to prove it. To be awarded a Michelin star is every chef's dream and to be awarded three, is exceedingly rare. There are only 26 three-Michelin star restaurants in all of France. You will find Domaine Couly Dutheil's Les Chanteaux on 21 of the 26 three-Michelin star restaurant's wine lists in France. Les Chanteaux is a dry, round, vibrant wine with flowery aromas and a little melon, white pear, and pineapple on the palate. This wine is similar to its Loire cousin Vouvray but it has more weight and depth; it is a wonderful and unique expression of pure Chenin Blanc, and it is a wonderful and delicious break from Chardonnay. Don't miss out on this cult classic. This may be your only chance at getting your hands on this crisp, golden Chenin Blanc from Chinon in the special 2016 vintage. - Cynthia Hurley French Wines To Order: Call the store at 978-282-1455 with your name and the quantity you want to reserve. Cynthia Hurley French Wines are available, on a pre-order basis. Wines will be available within a week or two of your order date. Delivery is available to the entire Cape Ann area free of charge. We stand behind all Cynthia Hurley French Wines and guarantee that you will find them pleasing and delicious. You can return any of their wines for any reason if the wine does not meet your expectations. The Details: Couly Dutheil, Chinon, Les Chanteaux 2016 by the bottle =$27.99 per bottle 12-bottle case $302.29 = $25.19 per bottle (save 10%) Sincerely, Kathleen Powers Morgan Savour Wine and Cheese 978-282-1455 Comment (0) Comments are closed.