Description: The Chateau du Petit Thouars has an extraordinarily long and rich history. Built in the early 1500s as a sort of “low-key hunting lodge. Today it is run by Sebastién du Petit Thouars, the twelfth generation to dwell here since his ancestor George purchased the property in 1636. George was a diplomat for the famous Cardinal Richelieu, and the generations who followed him managed to survive several centuries of remarkably turbulent French history; one of Sebastién’s forebears even fled the French Revolution and fought in the American Revolution. Though records and physical evidence exist of wine having been made on the property centuries ago, it wasn’t until the late 1970s that the enterprise was revived. The vineyards and cellar are managed by Michel Pinard, a born-and-bred Chinonnais who worked for many years as the right-hand-man of Charles Joguet—one of the appellation’s most famous and respected vignerons. The Chinon- Cabernet Franc shows a nice perfume of red hibiscus and roses. The palate exhibits firm wood tannin, cherry, and forest floor character; medium-bodied and a very elegant style.
Food Pairings: Goat cheese, chicken dishes, turkey, ham, salmon, veal, lots of vegetables, vegetarian dishes, etc.