Cabernet Franc, the most important red grape of the Anjou-Saumur and Touraine region, is a close relative of Cabernet Sauvignon. It ripens earlier than its more famous cousin, making it better suited to the cooler climate of the Loire. It probably originated in Bordeaux, where it is mainly used for blending, but it is so well suited to conditions in the Loire Valley that it stands alone in such famous wines as Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur-Champigny.
Our tasting Friday will introduce you to the mostly undiscovered excellence of Cab Franc across the sub regions of the Loire. We'll feature Bourgeuil, Chinon from the Le Lande, Saumur Champigny from Le Grand and Anjou from Roches Seches. We encourage you to come and discover a region that has a lot to offer!
Here's what we'll be tasting:
2018 Commanderie de la Bargemone Rose
2018 Domaine de Haut Bourg Rose of Grolleau
And from the highly sought after 2015 vintage of the Loire Valley…
2015 Domaine Noel Legrande AOC Saumur Champigny "Les Lizieres"
2015 Domaine de la Lande AOC Chinon
2015 Domaine de la Lande AOC Saint Nicholas de Bourgueil
2015 Domaine de la Lande AOC Bourgueil "Graviers"
2015 Les Roches Seches Anjou "Le Jeau"
2015 Domaine du Bel Air AOC Bourgeuil "Clos Nouveau"
$20 for all eight wines; $15 for first six (additional $5 for shared tastings)
Snacks are included and all featured wine will be available to purchase at discounted prices during the tasting.