2004 Domaine Les Pins "Le Clos les Pins" Bourgueil

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We’ve been working with Domaine les Pins in Bourgueil for several years now, and the wines continually over-deliver for the money. Domaine les Pins is a family estate and independent vigneron for five generations. Unlike most growers in the region, their family has been producing and bottling their own wines instead of selling to the local cooperative. On our recent visit, vignerons Philippe and Christophe Pitault-Landry were kind enough to dig some older bottles out of the cellar to show us how the wines evolve. I immediately homed in on their two 2004s. After a little negotiating we were able to convince them to sell us a small parcel of each. (Keith Mabry, K&L French Regional buyer)

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/20/2017 | Send Email
The 2004 “Le Clos les Pins” was brimming with notes of tobacco, leather and spices. The fruit has mellowed but is ever-present, showing the classic style of the sandy and gravelly soils. This still has a long way to go.

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/17/2017 | Send Email
This earthy Bourgueil is rustic and Bistro ready, with all the characteristics of a classic Cabernet Franc from the region. Savory accords of allspice, umami and green olive give way to a smoky yet light palate with a complexity that only comes with age. Take it to dinner, or pair it with your own attempts at French cuisine!

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13