2006 Frédéric Mabileau "Les Rouillères" St.-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil

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91 points Wine & Spirits: "Fresh, fragrant and pure this shows tautly focused flavors of red cherry and berry saturated with a lovely mineral fragrance. The wine is sleek and streamlined on the palate and the balance is superb, keeping you coming back for more." Frédéric Mabileau is known for his no-nonsense approach in the vineyards, eschewing the chemicals and machines that dominate much of the Loire and focusing his energy on growing the best possible fruit naturally . He says, "the action of respecting the integrity of the grape all the way to the tank allows us to maintain the fruits' clarity, showing its suppleness and delicacy." This wine is 100% organically cultivated Cabernet Franc that was harvested from vines ranging in age from 15- to 35-years-old. The Mabileaus make a very strict selection both in the vineyard and on two successive sorting tables, looking for only the most pure and healthy grapes. For Les Rouillères the grapes are 100% destemmed to accentuate the fruity/floral qualities of this site, it is then aged in stainless steel tanks for 7-9 months to preserve this freshness. I really loved the 2005 Les Rouillères, which was a big hit here at K&L, yet whereas the '05 was big and brawny the '06 is sleek and sexy, it seduces rather than overwhelms, the flavors are more "classic" and bright, full of juicy cherry and berry fruit that really jump from the glass. You will love it, not to mention it is a tremendous value.

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Staff Image By: Patty Torrel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/30/2009 | Send Email
What can I say about this wine? It is a classic Loire Cabernet Franc: exuding aroma and flavor components that mimic the experience of sipping a glass of red wine while hitching a ride down a dusty, country road in the back of an old box-bed truck filled with fragrant wild flowers. Lovely!

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/18/2008 | Send Email
For Cabernet Franc fans… this is a pure expression of the grape, all stainless fermentation. A beautiful nose of bright fruit and minerality. The flavors are all about bright cherry fruit with nice acidity to bring together a focused wine. At $14.99 it is a great value.
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Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.