2016 Domaine du Petit Clocher Anjou Rouge

SKU #1371972

From the domaine: "Our domaine is the work of four successive generations at Cléré Sur Layon. Whilst understanding how to evolve and keep up to date, the estate has grown from 5 to 80 hectares over 50 years. We strive to utilize the diversity of the soils and vines in the vineyard, ensuring the handing down of the estate to each generation."


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By: Mandana Tourani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2019 | Send Email
Dear Bordeaux may I ask you why do you blend Cab franc when it is oh so delightful and refreshingly different on it's own? Yes, well it is difficult to grow this variety and not the easiest to to bring it to a level of ripeness that is just right but then when it is ... Wow! This fantastic Cab Frank has beautiful aroma of violets and plum. Medium yet well structured body with a hint of green tea and sage. Moderate tannin and just enough acidity to make this wine taste bright and fresh and Just for 12.99. There you go! Cab Franc done right.

By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/17/2019 | Send Email
A classic Cabernet Franc at an affordable price, this wine was an instant favorite for the staff. Pepper, herbs and underbrush merge seemlessly with dark berries, mouthwatering acidity and firm tannins. The finish is remarkably light but long. I can see this pairing perfectly with grilled poultry, pepper-crusted meat, or just an evening spent under a blanket escaping the winter weather.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/17/2019 | Send Email
This is a great little Loire Cab Franc that gives you everything you love about the varietal— stewed peppers, red currants and violets on the nose, good richness of fruit and solid tannin structure on the palate —for a great price. Don’t be fooled by the direct import pricing though, this is a serious wine!

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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.