Helda Rabaut Tel Qu Elle Chinon 2014
In 2005, Helda Rabaut caught the wine bug big time and went from her pouring wine at the raucous Parisian wine bar Le Baron Rouge to working in the vineyards of Chinon. She left law school in Paris for winemaking studies in the Loire, spent five years working with different domaines around Chinon, and today is developing her own domaine while continuing to work part-time at Domaine Baudry.
Helda rents two hectares of organic vines and makes the wines in a closet-sized cave just outside the town of Chinon. The wines are super dynamic, a world away from the oaky unpolished wines that often come out of Chinon. Tel Qu’Elle, her signature cuvée, is grown on sand & gravelly soils and fermented and aged in cement tanks. It’s a fruity, eminently drinkable red – a true “vin de soif”.