Two Wines from La Grange Tiphaine
During my visit to Wishing Well Liquors Philip recommended a wine from Domaine la Grange Tiphaine. He is very excited about the work of Damien Delecheneau and his wife Coralie. The estate has 19th century origins and has been passed down the family through four generations to Damien. Damien and Coralie had extensive international experience by the time Damien returned to the estate in 2002 at the age of 23. Today they produce wine from 14 hectares of vineyards located in Montlouis-sur-Loire, Touraine-Amboise, and Touraine. The two selections featured in this post come from Touraine-Amboise. This appellation is located on both banks of the Loire river near the Chateau Amboise. They manage the estate in an organic and biologic way. Fermentation is carried out with indigenous yeasts. They do not employ any stainless steel so these wines see a mixture of concrete, fiberglass, and oak.
I was rather surprised by the Ad Libitum because it started off as a good, early-drinking red but then it managed to return with serious, mouthfilling flavors. With this estate on my radar I promptly grabbed a bottle of Clef de Sol during a recent trip to MacArthur Beverages. The Clef de Sol provided new aromas and flavors for us. It was more robust and contained more fruit on the first night so it is best to consume the bottle after you open it. This might have merited a higher score based solely on the first night but nevertheless it remains an interesting wine. I recommend trying both of these selections. For further information I suggest you read Chris Kissack’s excellent producer profile and Jim Bud’s post about his visit. The Ad Libitum was purchased at Wishing Well Liquors and the Clef de Sol was purchased at MacArthur Beverages.
2011 Domaine la Grange Tiphaine, Ad Libitum, Touraine-Amboise – $17
Imported by Potomac Selections. This wine is a blend of 45% Gamay, 35% Cot, and 20% Cabernet Franc sourced from 15-45 year old vines on soils of red clay and limestone. It was aged for five months in fiberglass tank. Alcohol 12.5%. The nose revealed bright red fruit, pepper, and dried herbs. In the mouth the flavors start with good, classic pepper but then they fade out only to return with a low-lying, mouthfilling flavors of dark, ripe, lipsticky fruit. There are drying, sticky tannins on the teeth as red fruit and a bit of tang come out in the finish. There is also some salivating acidity and citric tannins in the aftertaste. *** Now-2015.
2005 Domaine la Grange Tiphaine, Clef de Sol, Touraine-Amboise – $18
Imported by Cambier Imports. This wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Franc and 35% Cot sourced from 60-year-old vines on soils of white flint and limestone on clay. Alcohol 13.5%. It was fermented in concrete tank followed by aging in 225l and 400l barriques. This was a medium+ color of garnet and cherry. The light to medium strength nose was unusual with pleasing aromas neither Jenn nor I could place. There were also aromas of wood notes and perfumed, black fruit. In the mouth there were hard, stone-like flavors, black fruit, then some wood note mixed with a bottle-aged personality. The flavors became a little hollow in the middle. Tart on the tongue, there was a little salivating acidity and old wood. In the finish the dry, tight flavors mixed with old perfume, drying tannins, and subtle weight which gently filled the mouth. ** Now-2017.