2007 Grange Tiphaine Touraine Côt Vieilles Vignes (Previously $16.99)

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Damien Delecheneau's future is bright. He is respected widely and thought of as one of the most promising young vignerons in the Loire Valley. Damien continues the work of his family domaine in the Touraine-Amboise appellation but with renewed vigor and respect for the vines. He is fortunate to have 11 ha of vineyards with an average age of 60 years which he farms without the use of chemicals. Harvest is done by hand, fermentation is carried out by native yeast and there is no pumping after the initial pressing. Both he and his wife studied winemaking and did a stage here in California, he at Clos Pegase and she at Cain. He also plays the clarinet quite well, hence the musical references on the bottles. The Côt Vieilles Vignes, yes that is right Malbec, is from a plot of vines 127 years old and could be my favorite among this very strong lineup. This wine is explosively aromatic with a core of sweet cassis, a sappy "old vine" intensity and chewy rich texture. It is dense and packed with flavor, a wine to drink now or over the next 10 years.

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/11/2009 | Send Email
How often does one drink wine made from vines 120-plus-years-old for less than $10? For me, this Cot is the only time! It is an exceptionally dark colored Loire red, the darkest I have seen- from and area in which many "red" wines are lighter than California roses! The Tiphaine is incredibly dense without having the slightest hint of fruity sweetness, and has strict power on a scale that I have rarely experienced (and never without excessive alcohol). It is very manly stuff, extraordinarily dry, and calls for rich food; perhaps braised short ribs or lamb shanks. What an experience and what a great value!
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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


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- 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.