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Domaine de la Cotelleraie Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil La Croisee 2015

Cabernet Franc from Touraine, Loire, France
    12.5% ABV
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    12.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Made with 100% Cabernet Franc grapes grown on gravel, with clay and sand.

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    Domaine de la Cotelleraie

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    Domaine de la Cotelleraie, Touraine, Loire, France
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    Winemaker Gerald Vallée has always been a leader. He was the first, and for a long time only, grower in Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil to do all his vineyard work by hand. This family estate is a jewel, with certified organic farming, low yields and minimal intervention in cellar delivering chiseled and deliciously fruit forward Cabernet Franc. 2015 may be on the finest vintages ever encountered in the Loire Valley for Cabernet Franc and Gerald Vallée is unquestionably one of the rising stars in the region.

    Touraine

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    Stretching east along the steep banks of the Loire River, Touraine is a major part of the Middle Loire. Soil variations of clay, sand, tuffeau and gravel throughout its subregions support both white and red varieties. Chinon and Bourgueil remain the source of Loire’s finest Cabernet Franc; various styles of the most outstanding Chenin blanc come from Vouvray and Montlouis.

    Cabernet Franc

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    The subtler and more delicate of the Cabernets, Cabernet Franc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. While both are important grapes in modern day, high quality Bordeaux, interestingly, Cabernet Franc most likely originated from the Basque region of France sometime during the middle 1600’s. Today Cabernet Franc produces outstanding single varietal wines across the wine producing world, with some of its most classic examples from France’s Loire Valley, in the regions of Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur-Champigny. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc performs quite well in parts of California, New York and Virginia. It is also a great blending grape.

    In the Glass

    Cabernet Franc typically tastes of red raspberries, cherries and herbs, with a stunning perfume of violets, tobacco and spice.

    Perfect Pairings

    Mouthwatering acidity makes Cabernet Franc an incredibly food-friendly wine, helping to cut through the richness of fatty meat dishes. It especially shines in tandem with lamb, and its affinity for the spice cabinet allows it to pair perfectly with Chinese dishes prepared with Szechuan pepper and five-spice.

    Sommelier Secrets

    One of California's best-kept secrets is the Happy Canyon appellation of Santa Barbara. Here Cabernet Franc shines as a single varietal wine or in blends, expressing sumptuous fruit, savory aromas and polished tannins.

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