93 points, Vinous
"The 2019 Coteau de Noiré is such a seductive mouthful of Cabernet Franc with huge density and roundness, yet it remains marvelously elegant. A very complex, barrel-aged style that offers silken texture, black fruit and black olive. It's a little tight and closed t the moment but it's all there - the concentration, the resolved but abundant chalky tannins, and it just needs time to blossom. Fragrant finish." - Rebecca Gibb MW August 2022
The 2019 Chinon Coteau de Noiré comes from one of the finest vineyard sites in Chinon. A "grand cru," if you will, it is south-facing and very steep (45% slope!). The soils are chalky limestone and clay. This top cuvée from Alliet sees time in barrel, of which a portion is new.
The wine can take the new oak as this is a dark, inky, concentrated Cabernet Franc. Voluptuous and rich, you can easily cellar this wine for a decade or more. However, if you are not that patient, simply give it a 45-minute decant before serving. Gorgeous!