A historic variety: The Cabernet Franc
The cabernet franc variety could originally come from the Spanish Basque country. The French pilgrims who were on their way back from the pilgrimage from Santiago de Compostela Way to the Landes, brought this wine variety into the two villages, Messanges and Cap-Breton. These names still remain to address the variety. The cabernet franc travelled to the Loire and stayed in Touraine.
The cabernet franc appeared in Abbey Bourgueil in 1151 ready to stay in a natural way in Chinon. After a thousand year, the cabernet franc rules over the valley of the kings. Despite attempts to develop new wine varieties, the cabernet franc will always be the favourite one in the region and it will never ever be replaced. It is the only variety able to understand the terroirs, the soft weather and the historic variety of the best wines made in Chinon.
Messange Rouge, 100% cabernet franc comes from vines grown in Clos de Briançon , a plot of land which Domaine de Pallus is the only owner.
The smoothness and freshness of Messanges Rouge is a perfect choice to enjoy with friends in an outdoor café or even it pairs well with the best dishes such as the Sainte Maure goat cheese and the Tours greaves because of its hints of floral and spice character.
Domaine de Pallus shows the allure and the heritage site of the cabernet franc and its savoir-faire in the Messanges Rouges from 1889.
Vineyard: Cravant les Coteaux
Plot of land: Clos de Briançon
Grape variety: Cabernet franc
Terroir: Sand and pebble
Biodynamic wine cultivation and manual harverst.
- Maceration in concrete tanks for 8 days
- Wild yeast
- Alcoholic fermentation at low temperature
- Ageing in 600-liter barrels for 6 months
Average yield: 45 hectoliter per hectare