2017 La Source du Ruault "Clos de la Côte" Saumur-Champigny Rouge

SKU #1694754 90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Clos de la Côte is a savory, rich and oaky Cabernet Franc that's starting to show some early development. The mouthfeel is round, full and supple thanks to two years' maturation in barrel while there's good concentration of fruit. It's an impressive style offering ripeness without richness as well as expensive oak-derived vanilla nuances. There's a light sense of tension that comes from its chalky bedrock and the vintage. (RG) Inner quote mark (6/2022)

K&L Notes

"I first met vigneron Jean-Noël Millon while attending an organic wine fair in the South of France. The wines were impressive, so we arranged to meet on my trip through the Loire a couple of months later. A visit to the winery led to a trip through the ancient cellar, which had been carved from the chalky stone below (known as tuffeau) two centuries before. As we progressed from chamber to chamber, it began to feel more like a spelunking expedition. Ancient coins were pressed into the walls by past workers, the old wine press was still intact, even the old pulley system for transporting barrels and equipment to the surface was evident, though replaced by a slightly more modern conveyance." (Keith Mabry, K&L French Regional buyer) La Source du Ruault's single vineyard Clos de la Côte is on the serious side of Cabernet Franc. From a small plot of 50-year-old vines on clay and turonian limestone soils, the wine is aged in half new, half 1-year barrels. Farming is organic since 2007. The wine has deep, structured smokiness to go along side black cherry and dark berry fruits and anise. It's capable of aging gracefully for a number of years.

Price: $34.99

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