Clos Kixhaya Chinon Les Grappes Rouge


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Vintage: 2020
Region: Chinon, Loire Valley, France
Viticulture: Biodynamic
Grape varieties: 100% Cabernet Franc

Clos Kixhaya Chinon Les Grappes Rouge is a gentle whole-bunch maceration of Cabernet Franc. Pure-fruited with bright acidity and still retaining complexity.

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About Clos Kixhaya Chinon Les Grappes Rouge

Clos Kixhaya Chinon Les Grappes Rouge is a gentle whole-bunch maceration of Cabernet Franc from younger vines. Pure-fruited with bright acidity and still retaining complexity.

About Clos Kixhaya

Clos Kixhaya is a walled 4.5-hectare vineyard in Chinon consisting entirely of 55-90-year-old Cabernet Franc vines. In 2018, Béatriz Papamija and her husband Étienne Le Blanc took over the vineyard, attached cellar, and farmhouse and began restoring the semi-abandoned property into a working winery and farm. Now, along with their young children and animals, the beginnings of a beautiful project are starting to coalesce.

Their first vintage making wine was in 2020, and the couple has worked tirelessly to produce delicious natural wines that are entirely free of additives in the vineyard or cellar. The two do all the work in the vines and cellar, and as much as possible is done by hand. Since taking over, they have tried to limit working the soil to a minimum in order to encourage biodiversity in the vines. Natural treatments, bottling, and other important winemaking steps are done according to biodynamic principles.

Beá and Étienne’s philosophy is rooted in sustainability and working primarily with what their farm provides, so for the wines, this means a lineup consisting entirely of Cabernet Franc. However, this doesn’t mean they are only producing red wine. In addition to two “classic” red Cabernet Franc bottlings, there is a still, direct press “white wine” bottling, the Blanc des Noirs, and a delicious and lively pét-nat rosé.

Clos Kixhaya is part of a new generation of growers in the central Loire Valley. They respect the terroir of their adopted region but hold no pretension about what wine should or should not be – their passion is born out of a respect for the land and creating wines reflective of the bounty it provides.

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