2018 Domaine de la Noblaie "Goutte de Rose" Chinon Rosé

SKU #1425046

93 points Winedoctor.com: "This is 100% Cabernet Franc, vinified in stainless steel, and it is already in bottle, very sensibly under screwcap. It kicks off with a beautifully fresh and dusty nose, showing subtle peach and strawberry fruits, lightly dusted with minerals. The palate feels appropriately fresh, tense, pure and cool, with a polished style, an ebullient fruit character streaked with mineral and acid veins. It closes with a very fine and peppery flourish in the finish. All in all a very attractive rosé. From my first Loire 2018 report." (02/2019)

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2019 | Send Email
It's never too late in any season to enjoy a good rose and sometimes its even better to wait a few extra months from their release to let the wines come together better in the bottle for optimal drinking. The Noblaie is one such rose that goes beyond and was probably best suited for late season (read - fall/winter) drinking anyways. As it is wholly Cabernet Franc, the background flavors of red fruits, herbs and spices make an ideal foil for the roasted poultry and heartier dishes of the late in the year seasons. You'll be pleased to drink this now and it should easily carry you through to next year's rose season.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/2/2019 | Send Email
Soft and beautiful nose with strawberries and cherries over creme fraiche. On the palate there’s plenty of crisp, refreshing acidity, and resonating cherry tones. Airy and soft. I’m tempted to call the texture on this “fluffy.” Perfect for anyone looking to branch out from our perennial Provence rosés.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/2/2019 | Send Email
Beautifully executed rosé. All the floral notes and bright fruit I love in rosé but without losing any zest and refreshing cut. A pure wine with a soft texture but crunchy acidity in the finish.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2019 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is bright, very tight with hints of forest fruits. Very pale in color while on the palate the wine shows breadth and a bit of grip, almost Tavel like, while the flavors have more fruit in the back end than up front. The wine shows very good acidity and excellent length I think an excellent wine for food this isn’t a poolside sipper, it’s more serious.

By: Cameron Hoppas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/24/2019 | Send Email
This wine is a delight for warm fall evenings we have here in California. It's a delicate wine with subtle stone fruit (yellow cherries and under-ripe peaches) and elegant dried floral aromas. This wine is a dry, crisp and elegant way to celebrate the end of summer as well as anticipating our delicious Dungeness crab season just around the corner!

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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.