2015 Domaine Les Pins "Le Clos les Pins" Bourgueil

SKU #1373727 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 This perfumed wine is just mature, richly endowed with generous tannins and blackberries. It comes from vines between 30 and 40 years old, giving some concentration to the black fruit. Drink now. (RV)  (5/2018)

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Domaine les Pins has been family run for five generations. They are a small, artisanal producer that oversees every stage of production from start to finish themselves. They have roughly 30 hectares of Cabernet Franc spread out through the Bourgueil and Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil regions. They practice sustainable farming, and each and every vine gets singular attention throughout the year. Vines of an average age of 25 years are planted in sandy, clay, and gravel soils. After harvest, grapes are de-stemmed, sorted, and put into tank for spontaneous fermentation to begin. After being pressed off and letting malolactic fermentation happen, the wine is put into concrete tank for at least 10 months prior to bottling.

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/24/2018 | Send Email
Ok! So I'm a freak for cab franc, but there's kind of a trend right now toward something cleaner, safer, easier. I totally appreciate a fresh easy drinking Loire red that shows good fruit and great acid, but occasionally I crave the serious old school Cab Franc I cut my teeth on. Les Pins offers both styles, but when we tasted the Clos Les Pins I fell totally in love. Definitely some of that funky earthy green quality I love, but not to the point of being overwhelming. Just the right amount of barnyard to give the deep dark fruit a twist. Wonderful texture and with silky supple tannins that keeps this one from feeling astringent at all. This is a whole lot of wine for $15 and even if you're a total funky hater you might end up loving this and for anyone who even dabbles in the dirt will appreciate the complexity and quality immediately. Stock up!

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/23/2018 | Send Email
I am a Cabernet Franc enthusiast to say the least. The wines possess many of the classic Cabernet family of flavors but with a more medium bodied texture. Plus they have their own savory something that makes them so engaging and that's why they are one of my favorite daily drinkers. We've been working with Domaine les Pins for a few years and the wines are always inviting. The entry-level Les Rochettes is full of perfume and has elegant tannins. The Le Clos, from an older vine parcel, is something even more special though. Deep and earthy, it has more body than the Rochettes and offers up a nose of black cherry, olive tapenade and oolong tea. It has a bit of classic funk too that plants it in the old world. And for well south of $20 my weeknights just got a whole lot better.

By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/19/2018 | Send Email
Domaine Les Pins is a family owned estate, making wine for over five generations. As an independent grower/producer, they are hands on with every aspect of their production and work traditionally at every stage. The "Le Clos les Pins" is a single parcel of Cabernet Franc, the only varietal they work with. This is a little more savory and rustic in it's profile. The nose has an almost umami aspect to it with rich black olive notes, a touch of menthol and a bit of saddle leather that marries nicely with the bright, punchy red fruit. The palate has a bit of tannin, but it's all very soft and velvety with a nice punch of acid, making this a fantastic wine for the dinner table. This would be great with everything from roast chicken to roast beef. Another delicious Cab Franc to add into my weeknight rotation!

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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