2007 Cave de Saumur Selection Rouge (Previously $13)

SKU #1049396

This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc selected from multiple terroirs in the region of Saumur, in the Loire Valley. This wine has an earthy, dense nose with hints of black fruits and iron. A clean and refreshing style of Cabernet Franc, there are no weird or overwhelming notes of green pepper here! This would be fantastic with grilled and/or braised meats. It could use a little bottle age or a good 45 minutes of decanting to really show its stuff.

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Staff Image By: Jeremy Bohrer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/25/2009 | Send Email
What a great Cab Franc! Lovely dark and earthy fruits, with just a touch of that green pepper edge to it. Decant it for a bit before you drink it to release any funkiness that it might have.

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/29/2009 | Send Email
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The textural soils of Saumur contain large amounts of tuffeau, a creamy calcareous stone that was excavated for the building of châteaux and even sent abroad for the reconstruction of London following the Great Fire. The remaining caves were ideal for growing incredible mushrooms and cellaring fine wine, two things the locals knew a lot about. Cabernet Franc flourishes in the cool climate of the Loire, and I have to credit our own epicurean Eric Story with discovering this phenomenal version, a vineyard in a bottle that will sate the appetite, abolish thirst and ballast spirits! Serious, beautifully-balanced wine at an unbelievable price.

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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.