2016 Domaine Noiré "Soif de Tendress" Chinon

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Chinon tends to be an overlooked region but one that rewards those who venture into its territory with affordable, food-friendly and captivating, aromatic wines. Cabernet Franc is prized within France for its versatility. It’s thought of as a bistro wine, but don’t consider that a bad thing—it’s not a knock on Cabernet Franc or a dismissive descriptor insinuating the wine is basic. The grape’s ability to fit into any weeknight meal, from rich vegetable-based dishes to burgers to tomato or vinegar-based sauces (think barbecue or pasta), has earned it that moniker. Cabernet Franc is also an ideal summer red, and takes very well to a slight chill. The younger, early-drinking Cab Francs would be right at home in a backyard cookout.

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Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/1/2018 | Send Email
The 2016 “Soif de Tendresse” Chinon is a certified organic wine from vines aged 25 to 30 years. Stylistically, it is produced for early enjoyment and the palate feels lively and youthful. I tasted this once when it was just opened, then again several hours later. The first pass was already showing well: aromatic and soft. By the time I tasted this again, it was singing! The nose was so perfumed with tons of violet, sage, wet leaves, red clay and dark, ripe berries. The palate was soft and inviting, true to its name: “Soif de Tendresse,” or “thirst for tenderness.”

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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.
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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