2014 Domaine Les Pins "Le Clos les Pins" Bourgueil

SKU #1309021 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is the top wine from Pitault-Landry at Domaine les Pins. It is concentrated, ripe and firmly structured. Wood aging has smoothed the texture and brought out the red fruits. It still could age further with its generous fruitiness. Drink from late 2017. *Cellar Selection* (RV)  (1/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Lively red and black cherry fruit is stitched liberally with a dried bay leaf thread, finishing with a lively olive accent on the finish. (JM)  (11/2016)

K&L Notes

Domaine les Pins has been family run for five generations. They are a small artisanal producer that oversees every stage of 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 gets singular attention throughout the year. Vines of an average age of 25 years are planted in sandy, clay, and gravel soils. After harvest, grapes are de-stemmed, sorted, and put into tank for spontaneous fermentation to begin. After being pressed off and letting malolactic fermentation happen, the wine is put into concrete tank for at least 10 months prior to bottling.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/24/2017 | Send Email
Loire Valley's Cabernet Franc based wines have been my favorite go to reds for everyday drinking for the past few years. I love the bold black cherry, herbs and spices. The medium bodied texture of most of the wines whether they come from Saumur, Anjou, Chinon or in this case Bourgueil is always appealing and food ready. Plus alcohol levels are restrained. I never feel like I'm shorting myself on flavor over extract because flavor is always there. Now, this particular Bourgueil comes from a single parcel of some of the the best vines from Domaine Les Pins. This wine has all of the above but with a measured depth that makes it transcend. Any doubt this will age is removed if you happen to try the exceptional 2004, which is also available. But 2014 is probably the superior vintage in the long run. Ample structure but still finesse, I can see this becoming one of my favorite holiday reds. It will cozy up to all things fowl (especially duck or smoked turkey) and especially that rib roast I've been craving as of late. There is little that this versatile wine won't match up with whether it be now or a few years hence. A really special wine regardless of price.

Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2017 | Send Email
That classic Cab Franc nose is present along with a mineral component and white pepper. On the palate the fruit is more concentrated, with more candied red berry qualities that make it an easy-drinking wine that is perfect on its own. Fun and juicy!

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/18/2017 | Send Email
This is a classic and tasty Cabernet Franc . I think that it is a food wine and will go well with hearty foods. It is medium bodied with dark red fruit flavors that have layers of mineral and some earth notes. There is a nice crisp finish that helps round this wine out.

Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/17/2017 | Send Email
Domaine Les Pins has been family owned for five generations, working out of the Bourgueil in the Loire Valley. The estate plants Cabernet Franc exclusively, and as a part of the Vignerons Ind├ępendants de France, they are committed to sustainability and respect for their craft. They must work and harvest their own vineyard, make and bottle their own wine and maintain viticultural traditions. The care they take to ensure a quality wine is evident and this Cabernet Franc is a lovely wine to drink now, or cellar for a few years. It's soft and bright with velvety tannin and juicy acidity. An incredibly food friendly wine, this has notes of iris, violets, raspberries, blackberries and a gravely minerality. A great wine to stock up on for fall!

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13