2014 Domaine de la Noblaie "Le Temps des Cerises" Chinon

SKU #1262084 Jancis Robinson

 Organic farming. Intense crimson. Peppery, crunchy dark-red fruit, just a little smoky. A fine texture - silky but dry. Gentle and fresh, subtle. (JH)  (3/2016)

K&L Notes

This is produced all in stainless steel, solely from Cabernet Franc that is grown on a limestone slope. It has a rich ruby color and excellent structure. A nice fruity style of Chinon, this value-priced wine has a subtle peppery spice, ripe dark berries and a soft, chalky mineral character that really makes the fruity core come to life. There are rich tannins on the finish and a juicy freshness throughout. I swear to you that you can actually taste the glow of the summertime sun right in this bottle. Absolutely stellar while enjoying a burger right off the grill or even with a simple thin crust pizza. Just a pure, unadulterated wine meant to be enjoyed while moving along through the game life. (Eric Story, Loire Valley Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2016 | Send Email
Don't spill! The decidedly purple hue of this wine is beautiful and deeply staining. The nose is loaded with peppercorn, earthy spice, and an hint of something sweet - like nutmeg perhaps. Layers of fruit unfold as you delve into the glass. Black and purple cassis and plums are wrapped up with flinty minerality. The whole package is carried by a very pleasant tannic structure and medium body. The wine is quite dry, but never austere. A great value for good Chinon.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2016 | Send Email
For all the times I’m asked whether I can recommend a low-fruit, drier red wine, here is one of your optimal options. I wouldn’t say there is no fruit—the wine isn’t austere—but it is playing a supporting role here. Smoky, grilled eggplant, black pepper, and cassis start things off on the nose before the wine segues into a dry, dusty, woodsy-spicy palate with slightly rustic but low-key tannins. So, if you want to kick the blowsy, juice-box tasting, red wines to the curb, cuddle up with this Chinon and find contentment!

Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2016 | Send Email
While this wine may be deep purple in color, its bright acidity makes for a lighter red. A wide array of fruits show through, from cranberry, black cherry to blackberry. Some black pepper and a hint of rosemary and graphite leave you with a wonderful finish. This is a great little red that you can serve to anyone with confidence.

Staff Image By: Eric Story | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/14/2016 | Send Email
One of the cleanest purest versions of Cabernet Franc which truly defines what this varietal is all about. Spicy fruit layers with a bright middle core and integrated tannins on the finish which give it a nice finishing longevity. This wine is extremely undervalued at this price.

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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.


- 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.