To many, it's an obscure outpost of obsolescence. For the willing, however, Bourgueil offers some of the most precise, price-friendly and powerful reds in all of the Loire. Domaine de la Chanteleuserie is one of the best examples available. This from acclaimed importer Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant:
Bourgueil is among the most age-worthy of the Loire Valley’s reds, and the wines from Domaine de la Chanteleuserie are no exception: their 1976 still drinks well today! Despite their structure, these wines have a suppleness and generosity of fruit that set them apart from most wines produced in the area...
The name Chanteleuserie means something like "place where the larks sing." It's a poem of a name, upbeat but mysterious, evocative of all that is important to the vigneron: the land and the vines and the joy of wine. The domaine makes 100% varietal wines from Cabernet Franc. Yields are kept low and the southern exposure of the hillside vines (most of which are more than 40, some which are up to 80 years old) provides perfect conditions to express the Bourgueil terroir.
Along the road to understanding wine, Bourgueil may seem like a detour at first. But from experience I can promise, once there you'll stay for days.
For technical information, visit the Domaine de la Chanteleuserie section of the Kermit Lynch website.
Domaine de la Chanteleuserie "Cuvée Beauvais" — $18 Domaine de la Chanteleuserie "Cuvée Alouettes" — $16 (OUT OF STOCK)