2009 Les Paradis Chinon

SKU #1059982

Made from Cabernet Franc grapes grown on a clay-limestone hillside, this fruity and aromatic wine develop wonderfully, even when the wine is very young. Completely destemmed and vatted for 12-18 days, depending on the year. Fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel-vats. It is an elegant, round and easy to drink wine that smells of violets and tastes of heaven!

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2010 | Send Email
After a couple of difficult vintages in the Loire I was eager to taste the first of the much anticipated 2009 reds. The wine showed youthful tannins and was a bit firm but opened up nicely with decanting. Tart, red raspberry fruit. Classic graphite and pepper notes. Texture softened as the wine opened up, becoming rather creamy. Classic bistro red and at a great price. Bodes well for the vintage as a whole.

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/14/2010 | Send Email
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Finally, if you like spicy, white peppery, deeply flavored reds, the 2009 Château de Riviere “Les Paradisa” Chinon is classic Cabernet Franc from this area. Deep ruby in color, the nose explodes with cassis to currant-like fruit which carry over to its broad, complex, deeply flavored palate. The finish is long and fleshy. Cabernet Franc doesn’t get any better than this and Anderson has ordered this Gem to be one of our other house reds for the month. Enjoy! 13% ABV (Jim Barr)
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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.