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