2015 Domaine de l'Enchantoir "Le Pied à L'Étrier" Saumur Puy-Notre-Dame Rouge

SKU #1344655 90 points Wine Spectator

 Quite fresh, with bouncy acidity and a mouthwatering bay leaf and bramble frame around a core of black cherry and steeped plum fruit. Light anise, alder and tobacco hints line the finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,200 cases made. (JM)  (5/2018)

K&L Notes

Domaine de l'Enchantoir is run by the Brunet family in the new sub-appellation of Saumur-Puy-Notre-Dame. Distinguished from the rest of Saumur, Puy-Notre-Dame plantings sit between 50-150 meters, relatively high by Loire standards. The winery has been certified organic since 2010. The "Le Pied" is 100% Cabernet Franc planted on the hard limestone known as tuffeaux with very little top soil. The wine is fermented using native yeasts in tank with no additions and a minimal amount of SO2 at bottling. This is classic and honest cabernet franc perfect for paring with roasted duck, charceturie or smoked trout.

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Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2018 | Send Email
Easygoing yet just as herbaceous and aromatic as you'd want from a Cab Franc, this Loire Valley stunner is bursting with bright berry fruit and an earthy finish, and is especially delicious chilled.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/18/2018 | Send Email
Saumur-Puy-Notre-Dame is a newer sub-appellation in the broader Saumur region. On the beautiful tuffeaux (limestone) bench with very poor top soil and at just a little higher elevation than the surrounding area, translates to classic cab-francy goodness. The Enchantoir has vibrant red fruit with notes of brushy herbs. There is bright acidity and a tart cherry tone that makes it sing with the pâtés and duck confit of the region. This is a wonderfully classic expression and makes a great daily drinker.

Staff Image By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/12/2018 | Send Email
Don’t be fooled by the long name. This easy-to-like Cabernet Franc is the perfect example of why this grape is so revered in the central Loire Valley appellation. The aromatics of this wine immediately draw you in. I love the combination of red berry fruit, a touch of meatiness, and a whiff of smoky tobacco. The wine is medium weight, perfectly balanced, and has a savory character that keeps you coming back for more. It will hold a light chill making it super versatile as a summer red. This is easily one of the most enjoyable Cab Francs I’ve tried all week!

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/10/2018 | Send Email
This wine is really interesting, but it isn't something to just sit back and sip, you have to pay attention. This is a Cabernet Franc based wine that has a wildly aromatic nose showing a bit of a sauvage character and lots of spice. On the palate is where the excitement really begins so many facets of flavor compete for your attention, laurel, juniper, briny capers and wild berry. The texture is very supple but accented with hints of acidity to make the wine stay alive on your palate. I'd have this wine with eastern European onion dominated savory pastry with some charcuterie or sausage.
Drink from 2018 to 2022

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/10/2018 | Send Email
A fresh and gutsy Saumur, this Cabernet Franc has that combination of refreshing, crispy dark fruits, seeds, pits or pips (take your pick), bright acid driven mid palate and grippy tannins which makes these wines such a natural at table. Slightly meatyand structured, yet ultimately fresh, I'd like this with a burger, steak frites, even a pan seared coho salmon would work nicely, I think.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13
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