Frédéric Sigonneau is a young winemaker with a winsome spirit. A native of Chinon, Frédéric spent a considerable amount of time working in wineries throughout Spain before returning to the Loire and his grandfather’s old Cabernet Franc vines. Canal des Grands Piéces is one of his first efforts at making wine under his own name—as he continues to rehabilitate his grandfather’s vines—and it is a noble one.

Certification: Organic (Ecocert).

Chinon Canal des Grandes Pièces (red):

Canal des Grandes Pièces tech sheet

Age of Vines: 30 to 70 years

Yields: 35 hl/ha 5,000 bottles

Pruning Method: Guyot

Soil: Clay and sand

Varietals: 100% Cabernet Franc

Vinification Method: Traditional

Tasting Note: Dark purple in the glass with lovely scents of plum, autumnal forest floor, sweet herbs and Limestone. The palate is loaded with juicy red berry and plum fruit backed by moderate acidity and bright minerality. This is a pretty medium bodied gem.

Pairing: Serve with herb encrusted roast chicken, pork loin, veal chops, suckling pig, artisan sausages and aged cheeses.