"Before the age of 30, Bertrand Sourdais had already made an impressive name for himself at Spain's Dominio de Atauta. In the process of revealing a new terroir from Atauta's ancient, ungrafted vines, Bertrand learned many invaluable lessons. The most important of these was the need to think critically about every single step in the viticulture and winery work. This process at Atauta also got Bertrand to start questioning the existing orthodoxies in his native Chinon. By 2003, Bertrand determined to return to France and take up the challenge of his beloved Cabernet Franc. His father's estate, Domaine de Pallus, is located in the heart of the appellation and is blessed with some of Chinon's choicest vineyards. With vines averaging over 35 years old, Pallus held all the potential Bertrand could hope for. Beginning with the 2003 harvest, Bertrand has begun his quest to find the ultimate limit for Pallus. As of 2010, Bertrand is converting the winery and his vineyards fully to biodynamic practices."

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Pallus 'Pensees de Pallus' Chinon 2015
"Since the debut 2004 vintage, Les Pensées has grown in stature with each passing vinage. It is assembled from parcels on several different soil types, with the aim to define “Chinon” in a glass. It reveals classic Loire Valley Cabernet Franc aromas and flavors, but with remarkable precision and the
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Pallus 'Pensees de Pallus' Chinon 2014
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92 "Red, juicy, ripe and still a bit compact, with a solid core of cassis, plum and blackberry fruit inlaid with alluring ganache, singed bay leaf and black tea notes. Shows good grip through the finish, with smoldering tobacco details. There’s lots here, just needs to unwind. Best

Pallus 'Pensees de Pallus' Chinon 2013
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "Dark ruby-colored the 2013 Chinon Les Pensées de Pallus Cabernet Franc offers a nicely matured and sweet red fruit aroma intertwined with floral aromas like licorice and violets, but also crystalline or earthy/vegetal flavors. Silky-textured, fresh and vital, with a stunning

Pallus Pensees de Pallus Chinon 2011
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91 "This has good depth, with a richness to the layers of damson plum, black cherry and red currant fruit, accented by notes of bouncy pepper, savory and olive. The finish lets a briar accent hang on. Should mellow with moderate cellaring. Drink now through 2018. 3,500 cases made." 

Pallus Pensees de Pallus Chinon 2010
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92 "A very solid, muscular style, with a gutsy structure pumping along underneath the blackberry, black currant and roasted tobacco leaf notes. Broad and smoky through the finish, this features hints of violet and sweet tapenade. One for the cellar. Best from 2014 through 2020. 3,500

Pallus Pensee de Pallus Chinon 2009
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91"Concentrated, with black currant, fig and crushed cherry fruit, but also racy, as a mouthwatering iron note cut through this, backed by lively tobacco, juniper and olive notes on the finish. Drink now through 2014. " ~ JM

Domaine de Pallus Les Pensees de Pallus 2008
89  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 89 "The 2008 Chinon Pensees de Pallus the estates second wine smells of fresh blackberry and mulberry, raw walnut, incense, wild fennel, and smoked meat. Like a dense yet vibrant and refreshing mingling of fresh dark berry juices, burley tobacco, and savory fennel seed- and black