As the name implies, this wine is made from Cabernet Franc grapes that have been grown in a sandy vineyard near Chinon.
It has none of the harsh aspects that Cabernet Franc can display in the wrong hands. Laurent understands this grape well and coaxes a suppleness, fruitiness and juiciness from this grape to make this fine, gulpable wines.
The grapes are harvested manually in small crates. The grapes then undergo carbonic maceration for up to 30 days in cement tanks. The grapes are then pressed in a screw press before completing the fermentation in large fibreglass tanks. The wine is neither fined nor filtered. The wine is light enough to accompany chicken or quail or a range of charcuterie while being complex enough to pair with grilled meats.
Laurent Lebled works on the Touraine appellation area but sell hiss wines as "vins de France" by choice.