2014 Domaine des Falaises "Angelliaume" Chinon

SKU #1262085 Wine Enthusiast

 Cigar-box aromas and a perfumed, fruity character give this wine a typical Cabernet Franc character. It is structured, with some firm tannins at the core, surrounded by ripe red fruits and fresh acidity. The wine is ready to drink. (RV)  (2/2016)

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2016 | Send Email
This sweet little value is quite complex on the nose and palate with tobacco, mild spice, savory herb, wild raspberry fruit and a finish that reminds me of ice cold well water. Quite silky and fine for the for the price; this will remind you of the tasty, food friendly carafes that are ubiquitous at Parisian cafes.

By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2016 | Send Email
This is a killer deal on a delicious everyday drinking cab franc that is succulent and juicy. There is plenty of roasted red pepper and raspberry notes mixed with a savory oregano spice on the palate. The acidity is nice and lively with fine tannins on the finish making this a versatile food partner you will want on your dinner table!

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2016 | Send Email
Great, not-too-serious Chinon for your mid-week drinking. Flavors of stewed peppers, leather, and bright maraschino cherries with a nice, soft acidic finish. It's light to medium-bodied with light, soft tannins.
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By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2016 | Send Email
Need a little spice in your life? This Chinon is for you. Cedar cigar box and cinnamon spice jump out of the bottle upon popping the cork. Get it into your glass and a world of red and black fruits open up. Raspberries in particular come to mind. A touch of roasted green pepper adds a pleasant vegetal quality, but is never offensive. It plays well with the fruitiness. Quite light in body, but with a nice tannin mouthfeel and fresh acidity. All around, an excellent wine at a very reasonable price!

By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2016 | Send Email
The 2014 Angelliaume Chinon happily straddles the divide between savory and sweet. If there is ultimately rather more of the former than the latter, such fruit as the wine has shows itself to good effect. Plummy notes pick up leafy, roasted bell pepper, chili powder accents on the nose. Fresh, bright, and juicy up front, with modest tannins, the palate finally resolves in the direction of spice, lentil, and grilled Portobello mushrooms. If you are looking for a versatile, lighter bodied, any-old-day red wine, this has more than enough charm and character to recommend itself.

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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.


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- 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.