Château de la Bonnelière is located in a small hamlet near the medieval fortress town of Chinon, and has been in the Plouzeau family since 1846. The giant cedar tree in the grounds outdates the family however, having being planted for the coronation of Louis XVI in 1774!
Today, Château de la Bonnelière has 19 hectares of vines, all of which are organically certified by Ecocert. The vines are located in the vineyard next to the Château, and in various other plots around Chinon. The initial fermentation and ageing of the white wines is conducted in the adjacent winery buildings, whilst the ageing of the red wines takes place in the stunning underground cellar, located in the centre of Chinon underneath the Chinon castle itself. The cellar was conceived in the 13th century at the same time as the Château, the stone from which was used in the construction of the castle. You can still see the shaft that was used to extract the stone blocks!
The cabernet franc and sauvignon blanc vines at Château de la Bonnelière are used to make two of the Loire valley’s most well known wines, AOC Chinon and AOC Tourraine.
A multitude of awards and reviews have been bestowed on the wines from Château de la Bonnelière over the years, including more recently, two references in the Bettane & Desseauve 2015 wine guide. The wine chosen by Gourmet Oydssey, the Clos de la Bonneliere 2012 was rated 14.5/20, and the winery's Chapelle 2011 red wine was chosen as a top pick for a wine to lay down. The winery also saw its new wine "L'Intégrale" receive a rating of 15.5-16.5 points by the tasting panel of La Revue du Vin de France: "A new soft and sensual wine made from superbly delicate cabernet franc grapes."
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