Kermit Lynch’s #1 Cab Franc Overdelivering Value: Chanteleuserie Bourgeuil “Cuvée Beauvais”

Posted on: 01/15/19 6:39 PM


Domaine de la Chanteleuserie’s wonderful 2017 Bourgueil “Cuvée Beauvais” seamlessly links the estate’s earnest, old-fashioned feel with an added depth and striking complexity we haven’t seen from this address before. A staple from the Kermit Lynch’s legendary portfolio, Beauvais is produced one of Bourgueil’s greatest vineyards and offers unbelievable value for the money. To say it hits the bull’s eye for fans of the Loire is a massive understatement.

2017 Chanteleuserie Bourgueil “Cuvée Beauvais”

A Note From Importer Kermit Lynch: “Of all their wines, the Cuvée Beauvais is the most distinctive, made from Cabernet Franc with roots deep in the limestone and clay terroir of this spectacular vineyard. The Beauvais brings you the whole spectrum of Cabernet Franc: the nose is delicate and pleasant, the palate fresh and fruity at first, then finishing on more earthy characteristics of Cabernet Franc—forest floor and morel mushrooms.”

More About the Wine

Thierry Boucard represents the seventh generation of his family to run Domaine de la Chanteleuserie, an estate blessed with some of the appellation’s finest vineyards. From their south-facing limestone sites, in fact, Thierry and his forebears have produced beautifully nuanced Bourgueils with the structure to age for decades in bottle.

Besides industry insiders and Loire nerds, critics have come to adore this special gem of an estate. “Thierry Boucard’s Bourgueils from Domaine de la Chanteleuserie is a downright ridiculous value,” gushed The Wine Advocate. “…They offer should win many new converts to the cause of the Loire Cabernet Franc.”

We have sold hundreds of cases of the estate’s “entry” bottling “Cuvée Alouettes”, so we expect many of you to be no stranger to the classical charm and style that Chanteleuserie brings to the table with Beauvais. Unlike Alouettes, which is fermented in stainless steel from sites predominantly composed of sandy soils, Beauvais is born from one spectacular single vineyard consisting of elusive limestone terroir. Additionally, there is no stainless steel used for Beauvais, but rather oak tanks. This combination leads to a wine that is earnest, fresh and friendly like its younger brother Alouettes but with much greater depth and, perhaps more importantly, tremendous age-worthiness. Priced for the weeknight the 2017 Beauvais will, with some cellar time, be a spectacular highlight for many, many years to come.

Posted in Daily Flash By Tim Sellon