2011 Domaine Les Pins "Les Rochettes" Bourgueil

SKU #1128416 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Concentrated, fruity wine, its black currant fruit is smoothed by wood aging. The wine has great spice, juicy acidity and good depth of flavor. It’s certainly worth aging this wine for 2-4 years. — R.V.  (10/ 2013)

Wine Spectator

 Bright and fresh, with good savory, olive and chalk notes weaving around the core of red and black cherry fruit. Offers a brambly feel on the finish. Not dense, but defined, showing excellent typicity.  (5/ 2013)

K&L Notes

A rich ruby red with notes of violets and red berry fruits, this Cabernet Franc is nicely layered on the palate with brightness running throughout and just a touch of smoke mixed in with some purple fruits. Soft waves of mineral with a nice soft tannin make this a true delight to drink. 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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By: Eric Story |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/3/2014  | Send Email
If you’re afraid of pretty, this isn’t for you. A beautifully focused aromatic with brambly fruits along with purple flowers and just a touch of uplifting spice. Along with all of its upfront beauty this also offers a fantastic depth of flavor and structure. A touch of salty black olive, ripe red cherry and soft wet mineral and a juicy but delicate finish. My wife actually shot daggers out of her eyes the first time we ran out, so I made sure to get some more in ASAP! Give it a good hour of decanting or put away for a good 3-5 years.

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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

- 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.
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.
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