It would be fun to pretend that Pierre de Tuf was a legendary figure in Western Touraine, who was thought to be related by marriage to Rabelais… However, we are a month away from April Fools’ Day even though we currently have more than our fair share of fools, who, unfortunately are far more dangerous than the jolly japes that herald in the month of April.
This Chinon is called Pierre de Tuf because it is fermented in a centuries old stone vat carved out from the soft local limestone – tuffeau or tuf, which is the same stone used to build the famous châteaux such as Chenonceau and many more humble dwellings. Here are a series of photos from 8th October 2014 when by happy chance we passed by Domaine de la Noblaie on the very day they were filling Pierre de Tuf, which was sited in a very confined space.
2019 Pierre de Tuf
After a long fermentation the wine is aged for 14 months in oak. The 2019 is already agreeably soft and easy to drink with attractive texture and well balanced tannins and acidity. It does have the potential for long ageing and increased complexity with further time in bottle.