2015 Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rosé

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(last of vintage) Noblaie's rosé is produced from younger Cabernet Franc vines, which are planted in the deeper soils at the base of the hillside vineyard. It has a clear and smooth pink color, deep, rich aromas of watermelon and cranberry and loads of lovely fresh red fruits on the palate.

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/17/2016 | Send Email
Is it Provence? Mais Non… It is from the “other” Rosé region in France… The Loire Valley! With a touch more spices due to the Cabernet Franc grapes, and beautiful floral notes, this rosé will sure please any rosé lovers out there. Sure Provence is very well known for its rosés, but the beautiful Loire Valley is, let’s just say… Second to none!

Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/24/2016 | Send Email
Notes of wet pavement, pomelo, and lime combine in this eminently refreshing, pucker-y rose. While the texture mid-palate is round, this is emphatically not one of those richer styled Chinon rosés; it is more along the lines of a momentary rest-stop on a tartness continuum.

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2016 | Send Email
What a lovely Cab Franc rose. Noticeably floral in character, this wine is very light and bright. The white blossom nose is complimented wonderfully by the distinct aromas of fresh strawberries, cherries, and a little watermelon. There is a faint hint of crunchy peppers in the delightfully rounded palate. Very enjoyable rose for a summer's eve.

Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/19/2016 | Send Email
100% Cabernet Franc, this rosé is fresh and bright, and void of that herbaceous funk you might expect. With notes of cherry, flowers, melon and a lengthy mineral finish this rosé is perfect for all your summer parties.

Staff Image By: Eric Story | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/14/2016 | Send Email
Nice full red fruit richness and spice along with a balanced texture on the palate. I would suggest sitting outdoors having an early evening meal and sipping this through the night. Superb with a green salad with crispy lardons and a fried egg - trust me!

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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.