100% Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley.
Vivid red fruit on the nose with mouthwatering acidity on the palate, medium-body and fruity flavors. Pairs well with game and roasts.
The parent grape of both Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc wines tend to be more herbaceous and lower in tannin than its offspring. Leaving an approachable red wine with distinctive aromas including raspberries, violets, and pencil shavings that makes for any evening delight. Cabernet Franc is producing exceptional wines from the Loire Valley in France including areas of Chinon, Bourgueil, and Anjou. It also planted widely throughout Italy and California.
The Loire is actually the largest river in France and the Loire Valley is a large region that follows as it flows towards the Atlantic. Another cooler climate region in France, the Loire Valley produces many exciting and exceptional red, rosé, and white wines in a variety of styles.
Lean and lively white varieties like Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadet (Melon de Bourgogne or Melon Blanc) dominate in many sub-regions here including Anjou-Saumur, Touraine, and the Upper Loire (Centre). Rustic reds like Cabernet Franc, Gamay, and Côt (Malbec) are also grown in smaller areas. Some of the most infamous for Cabernet Franc are that of Bourgueil and Chinon located in the Touraine (Middle Loire). The Loire Valley is also known to produce quality sparkling wines from grape varieties including Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Franc (for rosé). You’ll often find these wines to be tart with fresh fruit flavors and labelled as Crémant de Loire.
“Using the same farming practices that created his reputation in Montlouis, coupled with hand-harvesting, wild-yeast fermentations and minimal intervention, he has created a host of dramatic wines that have helped add new life to the reputation of the appellation. These are without any doubt among the finest Bourgueils being produced today.”