Domaine de Noire Chinon Soif de Tendresse Rouge 2008

Cabernet Franc from Loire, France

Item No. 100279
  • red wine
  • Green wine
  • RP90
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Winemaker's Notes

With its lip-smacking, bountiful red fruit and spice, this quencher of a "thirst for tenderness" might as well come with a "Drink Me" label around its neck. Aromas remind of wildflowers and white pepper, with touches of earth and small red berries. The mouth is vibrant and fresh, with juicy persistence and lively notes of baking spices. Very, very appealing, and a QPR knockout.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2008 Chinon Soif de Tendresse leads me to believe that the 2008 vintage is ideally suited to a red in this style designed as it is for maximum enjoyment and refreshment when drunk slightly cool at the earliest possible post-bottling date (not that you won’t be able to enjoy it for the next 9-12 months). Essence of fresh, juicy, tart blackberries tinged with ginger, pepper, salt, and thyme inform the nose and a palate of vibratory energy and exhilarating invigoration in the finish such as one seldom encounters in a red wine. Subtle suggestions of peat and nut oils add some mystery and richness to the finish, treble and extroverted though it is. You will find myriad occasions and uses for this."
90 Points

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light red. paired nicely with pasta with mild marinara sauce.
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Another reviewer wrote of a corked bottle--which happens. However, I also purchased two bottles and one was corked. Makes one wonder if there was a substantional corking problem for this winery with the '08 vintage. We enjoyed the 'good' bottle, however it wasn't terribly interesting and seemed to be falling apart.The style in which it is made means that it should mostly be drunk as a 'fresh' wine...while only an '08, it was already showing it's age--ie lack of substance. I would hesistate in buying a new vintage unless it was freshly released.
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Tasted lousy - no other way to describe. Must have gone bad - smell and taste. Would not use to cook with, threw the bottle out after one taste. What a waste of money.
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Learn About Domaine de Noire

Domaine de Noire owner Jean-Max Manceau is a man about the Loire Valley-not only is he president of the Chinon AOC, but he also sits at the head of a commission that aims to keep the practices of Loire growers and winemakers true to the region"s traditions. Manceau and his wife Odile care for just over 20 acres of vineyards in Chinon, a region that sits at the crossroads of the...

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Learn About Loire

It's unfortunate that this region is so under appreciated and overlooked - the wines from the Loire Valley are outstanding. They are delicious examples of varietal and soil expression and the wide range of wines is so refreshing. Dry, sweet, sparkling, red, white… all represented here in the Loire. The main white grapes are Chenin Blanc, Muscadet and Sauvignon Blanc. For reds...

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Learn About Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc(cab-uhr-NAY frahnk) Right Place, Right time You won't often find this grape bottled as a single variety as it can lean towards earthy, vegetal tendencies (think green pepper & olives). Its typical place is in a blend with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or both. Cabernet Franc's home is the right bank of Bordeaux. It is an integral part in...

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Critical Acclaim "An exuberantly fruity and mildly exotic nose leads to delicious and easy to like middle weight flavors that ...
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