2018 Les Athletes du Vin Chinon Cabernet Franc

$23

Harvest by hand from 25+ year old vines. A crispy and fruity Chinon with delightful aromas of red fruits like cranberry and red cherry. A well-structured wine with a long finish.

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Cabernet Franc

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.

Loire Valley, France

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. 

Les Athlètes du Vin is a négociant project founded by a group of French winemakers called “Vini Be Good.” Together, they aim to produce great value, terroir-driven wines typical of the Loire Valley. The labels for Les Athletes du Vin are drawings by French artist, illustrator, and cartoonist Michel Tolmer.

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