La Fraich is a new introduction to the lineup, first introduced in 2017. It is sourced from young vines planted to sandy soils near the Vienne River. This is a serious domaine's crack at vin de soif without compromising quality or integrity -- and it's certainly not a hollow attempt at keeping up with trends. The fruit is picked and destemmed before fermenting in stainless steel tanks. After six months in tank, the wine is bottled and ready. It presents as such an interesting wine that is clearly Cabernet Franc, but something that feels a bit different. The hallmark of Chinon for me has always been the beautiful pyrazines, but this is a wine that eschews that for a bit more simplicity. That bit of pepper turns to softer-stemmed green herbs that mix perfectly with that black cherry and black raspberry fruit. It is a move into the future from a classic winery that somehow does this without abandoning exactly who they are. As we venture into soup season, it also means that it has become perfectly acceptable to make cassoulet. I know this goes against my handheld food rule, but sometimes you just need a hearty country dish to celebrate winter, and this wine.