Domaine de Pallus Chinon Pensees de Pallus 2016
VM92: The 2016 Chinon Les Pensées de Pallus is fabulous. Fresh, floral and savory, the 2016 pulses with tremendous energy. Rose petal, mint, lavender, dried herbs and coffee are laced into a core of dark red/purplish berry fruit. The Franc is so distinctive here. Deep and yet light on its feet, the 2016 is a total knock-out. The 2016 was fermented in concreted and aged for 12 months in barrel and six months in concrete.
WA92: The 2016 Chinon Les Pensées de Pallus is an impressive Cabernet that opens with an intense, very elegant and refined bouquet with minty notes and olive aromas spicing the noble, dark and elegant fruit. Silky, fresh and elegant on the palate, this is a full-bodied, smooth and charming yet also very concentrated, intense and structured Chinon with a juicy but also tight and tannic finish that might become a bit dry with age. Matured in Burgundian barrels for 12 months and another six months in béton cuves, this is a vital and stimulating effort from Bertrand and one of my favorites of this domain. Tasted in June 2021. ""Due to spring frost, 2016 was a disaster in the valley, but in the coteaux, I was lucky to see my fruit surviving. To me, 2016 is like 1996, 2006 and 2012. The acidity and balance are formidable. I consider it a rather feminine vintage, very delicate and intelligent, and everything is built up on this beautiful acidity,"" says Bertrand Sourdais.