C

Château de Coulaine

Wine producer // 
Etienne de Bonnaventure
District // 
Chinon / bourgueil
Method // 
Organic

Château de Coulaine is one of the oldest estates on the Chinon block. Wine has been made here, on the famous terroir of Véron since the 13th century. However in the 19th Century phyloxera wiped out all but 1ha, situated near Clos de Turpenay. It wasn't until 1988 that vigneron Etienne de Bonnaventure began to restore the vines up to the current 18ha, simultaneously making the decision to work without chemicals. In 1998 the domaine was the first in Chinon to be certified Organic by Ecocert. Varieties grown are mainly Cabernet Franc and a small amount of Chenin Blanc. Low yields and the courage to adopt a minimalist approach in the cellar produce wines that are true to their region in their richness and concentrated, yet also Burgundian-esque in weight, with elegance, slenderness and focus.

Wine producer // 
Etienne de Bonnaventure
District // 
Chinon / bourgueil
Method // 
Organic