Le Pont Vers Le Bar bottle

Le Pont Vers Le Bar

Chinon, 2015

Patrice Gatillon has been working among his family’s vines since 1984. Their 32 acres of land sit just east of Chinon, in the tiny commune of Tavant (population: 250). Cabernet Franc is the only variety grown at Domaine Gatillon, where Patrice strictly controls the yields of the 25-year-old vines to ensure the grapes develop their flavors—just as he was trained to do by his parents, thus maintaining the Gatillon tradition of approachable, food-friendly wines.

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Le Pont Vers Le Bar Chinon deftly balances its fruit and vegetal characters, a hallmark of the Cabernet Franc grape—and Chinon in particular.

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High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Garnet
APPEARANCE
Garnet
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Cherry
Cola
Bell pepper
Plum

Pairing

The calling card of these reds—like Cabernet Franc, Carménère and some Malbecs—is the herbal, smoky or even meaty flavors emerging from the fruitiness. The savory element makes these wines match well with roasted vegetables; the more fresh herbs in a recipe, the more harmonious each bite and sip.

TASTING TIP

Note the subtle green pepper aroma and flavor, a signature of the Cabernet Franc grape that makes this wine variety especially food-friendly.

Pour a fruity red that has the heft to stand up to the beefy richness, and an herbal touch to match the dukkah spice.

A fruity red with a savory touch is perfect with a burger any day—even more so with the spicy jalapeño and tangy goat cheese.

A fruity red with a savory bite will add an extra kick to the dish's cheesy, smoky spicy three-punch combo. Layer it on!

Pour a fruity red, with a savory note, that will stand shoulder to shoulder with the tangy, cheesy flavor combo of the dish.

Pour a fruity red with an herbal note to complement the fruity flavor and acidic bite of balsamic vinegar.

A fruity, savory red stands up to the beef and also adds complexity to the dish's spicy-sweet flavor combo. Bam!

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More About The Wine

France’s bucolic Loire Valley is known mostly for white wines. But around the picturesque town of Chinon, with its imposing château dominating the skyline, you’ll find vineyards filled with Cabernet Franc vines—the signature variety here since the 1600s. Lighter-bodied than Cabernet Sauvignon, Chinon’s Cabernet Franc is pairable with a wider range of foods.

DID YOU KNOW?

Chinon red wines are always made of the Cabernet Franc grape. Chinon is the most prestigious red wine in the Loire Valley, which produces mostly white wines.

  • VARIETY
    Chinon
  • VINTAGE
    2015
  • VINEYARD
    Domaine Gatillon
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Chinon, Loire Valley, France
  • OAK
    Concrete and stainless steel (no oak)
  • SOIL
    Gravel and sand
  • ALCOHOL
    12.6%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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