2011 Domaine Les Pins St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil (last of vintage) (Previously $15)

SKU #1128417 Wine Enthusiast

 Fragrant, tobacco, black currant and spice aromas lead into a young, fruity wine. It has soft tannins, great juicy fruit and lively acidity. The texture is stalky, likely to round out over the next 2-3 years.  (10/2013)

Wine Spectator

 Shows the lighter profile of the vintage, but remains pure, sleek and persistent, with a tobacco leaf note shading the core of plum and cherry fruit. Dark olive and anise hints flicker on the finish. Drink now through 2014.  (5/2013)

K&L Notes

A touch deeper in color than the "Les Rochettes" from Bourgueil along with a bit more density throughout. A broad mouth feel with a really nice silky tannin component which add to its structure and overall appeal. Lots of fleshy purple fruits and silky spring flowers. Domaine les Pins has been family run for five generations. They are a small artisanal producer which oversees every stage of the production from start to finish themselves. They have roughly 30 hectares of Cabernet Franc spread out through the Bourgueil and Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil regions. They practice sustainable farming and each and every vine get singular attention throughout the year. Vines of an average age of 25 years are planted in sandy, clay and gravel soils. After harvest they are de-stemmed, sorted and put into tank for spontaneous fermentation to begin. After being pressed off and letting malolactic fermentation happens the wine is put into concrete tank for at least 10 months prior to bottling.

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2013 | Send Email
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Good fresh St. N de Bourgueil. Pure fruited with just subtle hints of Cab Francs herbal side. Elegant and lively on the palette. Crushed tart red fruits and a touch of wet leaf.

Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/20/2013 | Send Email
Red cherry, red plum, sandalwood spice, cassis, with just a teeeeeeeny hint of Cab Franc's signature green notes. Medium plus acidity & medium tannin, very pleasant and easy- think BBQ, pizza or as the perfect Tuesday night sipper! 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.


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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.