"Concentrated and pure, with delicious black currant and black cherry fruit, along with sweet tobacco, iron and dark chocolate notes. Finish is bright thanks to fresh acidity. Drink now through 2009."
Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley is finally receiving long overdue respect. Remarkably juicy, textured, versatile with food, and immensely age worthy, the Cabernet Franc wines of Bourgueil, Chinon, Saumur and St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil are both a traditional staple and a rediscovered rage on the Paris bistro/wine bar scene. Chief among the best Loire red winemakers is Pierre Breton (whose last name is also the name for Cabernet Franc in the local dialect).
Trinch! (In French, this is the sound of two glasses clinking) is a wine for drinking immediately, slightly chilled. It is delicate and refreshing with an uncanny ability to go well with a range of food, but with salmon it is a perfect match.