2011 Domaine Regnier Saumur Champigny (last of vintage) (Previously $12)

SKU #1148354 Wine Spectator

 Pepper, bay and olive notes stud the core of medium-weight black cherry and black currant fruit. A lightly grippy edge runs through the finish, where the bay leaf note hangs on. Drink now through 2014. (Web-2013)

K&L Notes

The mineral rich subsoils of this estate's vineyards promote an intense aromatic expression, supple tannins, fine balance, and a graceful long finish in the wine. This 100% Cabernet Franc is vinified traditionally, with gentle extraction following a fifteen day maceration period post-fermentation. The wine is then aged for six to eight months in tank, in the winery's underground facilities carved into the soft tuffeau hillside. Early bottling is key to preserving freshness of the wine's fresh fruit aromas and flavors. Enjoy now in the peak of its youthful intensity or hold onto it for a few years to reveal additional layers of spice, cocoa and floral notes. (Eric Story, K&L Loire Valley Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2014 | Send Email
Really delightful Cabernet Franc, from Saumur Champigny, medium bodied, and very floral, with an intense nose of crushed rocks, violets and little red fruits. I would suggest serving it a bit chilled.

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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.