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1996 Joël Taluau Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1120139 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Impressively saturated ruby-red color. Complex aromas of black raspberry, kirsch, Valrhona chocolate, smoke and gunflint. Tactile and quite concentrated; really dense with extract. Ripe acidity gives the deep flavors lovely clarity. A real fruit essence: the wine somewhat chewy tannins and alcohol are hidden by fruit. (ST) Inner quote mark (12/1998)

K&L Notes

Joël Taluau is a fabulous grower in St. Nicolas de Bourgueil known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire, unmarred by the intrusion of oak--which he hasn't used in production since 1986. He was also the first producer in the appellation to begin domaine bottling. The Vieilles Vignes, from a single plot of Cabernet Franc planted in 1934, is prized for its power, depth and grace. This flagship wine is meant to age, and this one is really coming into its own.


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By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/7/2017 | Send Email
This wine starts showing what Cabernet Franc turns into with an age. It still has quite high amount of juicy acidity but tannins are well developed and texture of the wine is earthy with subtle black cherry, tobacco, dry herbs and slightly mushroomy notes. Wine is structured, firm and has a lot of vibrancy for a 20 year old wine.

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