2009 Domaine Regnier Saumur Champigny

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The ideal subsoils of this estate's vineyards confer an intense aromatic expression, supple tannins, fine balance, and a graceful long finish. 100% cabernet franc, this is vinified traditionally, with a 15 day post-fermentation maceration period, and very gentle extraction. The wine is then aged for 6 - 8 months in tanks deep in the subterranean galleries carved into the soft tuffeau hillside, and then bottled early to capture the essential bright fruit aromas and flavors. Hold for a few years to reveal additional layers of spice, cocoa and floral notes, or enjoy it today for its youthful intensity is at its peak. According to the Wine Spectator: "Light and pure, with a beam of cherry, cherry pit and chalk notes backed by a twinge of herb. Drink now." (03/11)

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By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/3/2012  | Send Email
Very classic Loire Valley Cab Franc. A touch of herbaceousness on the nose, along with notes of chocolate and violet. Medium body, very refreshing and pretty. Serve it a little chilled.

By: Leah Greenstein |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/23/2011  | Send Email
To me this wine scream "fall." It's taut, but with brambly red mid-palate fruit,a perfumed floral undercurrent, and just a touch of tannin. I want this with a little chill and the lentil cakes I keep meaning to make for dinner.

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/22/2011  | Send Email
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I love Cabernet Franc, to the point that I make it every year with my winemaking group. Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley can be amazingly wonderful, as is the case with this production from Regnier. Deeply colored, this non-oak aged wine offers up tons of cassis and blackberry fruit with clove-like spiciness enveloped in almost floral, chocolate-type notes with integrated silky tannins, excellent focus, complexity and a long, warm finish. Anderson has informed me that this, too, will be one of our house reds for the month. Enjoy! 13% ABV. (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2011 to 2015

By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/24/2011  | Send Email
Fresh berries, hints of violet, and good structure. I like this wine for gulping down now, though I'd be curious to stash a few bottles away for several years.

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/3/2011  | Send Email
We're digging the 2009 Loire reds, and this is a standout for the price. The nose is classic Cab Franc - fresh berries and rose petals over wet, iron-rich soil. This is echoed on the palate, where additional flavors of coffee bean and herbs come through. This wine is light-to-medium-bodied, with surprising grip and quite a lingering finish.
Top Value!

 By: AndyG |  Review Date: 3/6/2012 
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I'm usually a fan of Loire cab franc, but the 2009 Domaine Regnier is on the tannic and vegetal side, with artichoke or asparagus-like notes.

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Loire

- 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.