2011 "Le Bouquet" Cabernet Franc
France: Loire Valley
Le Retour à la Loire
We have not had the good fortune to showcase a French Cabernet Franc since 2008. It is with great pleasure that we offer you a lovely, youthful Franc from the pristine Loire Valley in central France. The Loire is notable for its castles and its wines - our favorite is Cabernet Franc.
Today’s wine is bright and fresh, with an easy acidity that makes the wine a wonderful companion for a diverse range of foods. We recommend a loaded burger or a plate of soft cheeses with a crusty baguette.
This Franc is not made in the fruit-forward California style - rather, in the more austere and earthy French style. Be sure to decant, and witness a transformation of fruit and body with the wine showing off more complex flavors and an elegant feel.
Youthful in appearance with a deep purple hue. The brilliant color expresses a beautiful iridescent quality.
Rich, well developed, and balanced with aromas of dried black cherry, black olive and a subtle hint of spice. Earthy undertones meld with hints of graphite and soft herbs.
Fruit forward and rich with flavors of dried cherry, rose petals, and violets, supported by soft hints of green peppercorn and black olive.
Clean and medium long in length with gradually drying tannins that provide a slight pucker at the lips and cheeks.