2004 Jean-Francois Merieau "Alliance des Generations" Touraine Rouge (some stained labels) (Previously $22)

SKU #1053379

This is the current release of Alliance, from 30- to 50-year-old vines on clay and limestone soils with an average yield of 35hl/ha. It is made the old-fashioned way: de-steamed, crushed by foot (foulage), with punching of the cap (pigeage). It goes in tank for eight months before being aged in neutral barrels for 18 to 24 month and finally in bottle for at least a year. This cuvee represents the style of wine Jean-Francois drank during "hunting season" growing up. Rich and powerful aromatics bounce out of the glass. Bigger tannins envelope an elegant fruit structure that could use still a little air to open up since there's a lot underneath the fruit. A darker and meatier style of Loire Red that is a perfect match for lamb or beef dishes or, of course, game birds and rabbit. 89 points Wine Advocate: "...demonstrates both the aging potential and the distinctiveness of which Merieau’s wines are capable. It evinces an unusually nose-wrinkling smokiness in the nose, along with suggestions of poached purple plums and their pits; soy; smoked almonds; and mocha. Still juicily fresh on the palate, with hints of dark fruits overshadowed by toasted – indeed, singed – pecan and almond as well as by browned butter, malt, and espresso-roasted coffee beans, this is substantial in feel yet buoyant and only 12% in alcohol; creamy; and finishes long on mulberry and dark cherry, but still dominated by nutty, smoky and torrifactive elements. I urge readers to taste this..."

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By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/2/2010  | Send Email
A truly fascinating wine, made from 20% MAlbec and 80% Cab Franc. It is resolutely old-style, being actually pressed by foot, fremented with wild yeast and punched down by hand. This shows a winegrower with respect for the history and tradition of their region. The result is a wonderful wine, full of life.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/10/2010  | Send Email
Many wines these days pass for "manly" because they are dark and tannic. I don't think that is enough. I take exception to sweet New World Cabernet that could pass for a vanilla & black currant soda being described as masculine. Manly wines are like this Alliance des Generations: sweaty, smoky, savory and strong in taste. They go with meat. They need a little airing before approaching them. Most importantly, they aren't loaded with sugar like the imitators. This is manly stuff and too macho for just any occasion. Try it with venison sausage or anything that you shot yourself.
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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/28/2010  | Send Email
The blend of cabernet franc (80%) and malbec (20%) is the make-up of the next Merieau production with the Touraine Rouge 2004 “Alliance des Generations’ ($21.99). As with the Cent Visage there is incredible balance and depth to this wine, Opulent on the nose, this Gem provides richness and strength in the mouth with moderate tannins, incredible structure, and a deep, long finish. Anderson has informed me that both these Merieau wines will be our house reds for the month. 12.5% abv (Jim Barr)

 By: jeff |  Review Date: 10/12/2011 
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(Rating considers the price) This wine is delicious. It's big, it's intense, and it is delicious. I thought it was best fully two days after opening, a friend felt it was best three days after opening (we'll never know about four days after opening, no bottle of this will last that long).

I suspect it will be good for quite a while, but it is delicious enough now. It's a big wine, and the K&L staff reviews above characterize it better than I would. Decant.

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Varietal:

Other Red Wines

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Loire

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