Loire Valley Cabernet Franc

Domaine de la Colline

Chinon Cabernet Franc 2019

Dark ruby color. Aromas of earth, Forrest Floor, violets, rose hips and dried herbs. Pallet is full of black fruit with a hint of leather. Little, if any, pyrazine is present. No oak. (Completely aged in Stainless Steel.) Juicy texture. This wine has a memorable rustic quality. Thanks for the gift, Kase. — 8 days ago

Hermes, Paul and 3 others liked this

Olga Raffault

Chinon Cabernet Franc Rosé 2021

Delectable Wine
9.0

The 2021 Rosé is done in the saignée method, sourced from all the tanks of Domaine Olga Raffault reds. The result is round and generous, providing a sense of softness in the mouth. In terms of flavors, there's red fruit, pear drop and a touch of savoriness. There's plenty of freshness here, but it's balanced and appetizing with a little grip on the finish which keeps things moving along. Lots of pleasure and balance. (Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, August 2022)
— 3 days ago

Henry Marionnet (Domaine de la Charmoise)

Terres Blondes Cabernet Franc 2020

John Howard
9.0

On the fruitier side. Great with Szechwan food — 10 days ago

Aravind, Josh and 12 others liked this

Olga Raffault

Les Picasses Chinon Cabernet Franc 2016

First go with the ‘16 and it’s got the blackberry, plum, tobacco and mineral that just goes on and on. A silky 12.5% it rivals any previous vintage. Drunk over 3 days and it’s still elegant at the last sip. — 4 days ago

Ira, Michael and 16 others liked this

Domaine Bobinet

Piak! Saumur Champigny Cabernet Franc Blanc de noir 2021

NV | Warning! Introverted smell. Drinks like lemonade, refreshing and vibrant. Naturewine. Paired with fried shrimps | at Tokobar Tilburg — 10 days ago

Severn, Bob and 10 others liked this

Domaine Bernard Baudry

Chinon Cabernet Franc Rosé 2021

Delectable Wine
9.0

With no skin contact, just pressing, the 2021 Rosé Chinon is a totally dry, firm and direct style leaving no compromise. Fermented in cement but left on lees with no sulphur added, there's a hint of oxidative character. The ose presents a nutty, pastry note as well as dried apples alongside subtle red fruit. A savory, pale salmon-hued rosé with some phenolic firmness. (Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, August 2022)
— 3 days ago

Domaine de la Marinière

La Peau De L'Ours Chinon Cabernet Franc

Domestique wine club. Third time with this guy and doesn’t disappoint. Glu-Glu with structure and a bit of snap at the end. Notes of fresh summer blueberry and field hay. Lovely. — 2 days ago

Anne Claude Leflaive

Clau De Nell Cuvée Violette Anjou Cabernet Franc Blend 2018

Lyle Fass
9.6

Out of this world very ripe Cabernet Franc nose. Stunning depth. Cassis, red berries and so pure and almost glossy fruit. Lovely earthy lift. Tweed jacket, moss. Tree bark but that’s the background to the incredible ripe fruit. Huge florals as well. Big time violets. Wow. 9.7 nose. Sick! Palate is deep, structured and sappy with incredible depth and cut. So so pure and lovely hit of opulence in the mid palate. Drop dead purity and stunning length. Superb tiny berry fruit intensity and killer acids and freshness. Complexity starting already. So long. A stunning wine impeccably made. — 5 days ago

Andrew, Dick and 11 others liked this
Fabio Franchella

Fabio Franchella

In some years a 9.8 !
Lyle Fass

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@Fabio Franchella even better today. maybe 9.7! so good.

Domaine des Roches Neuves (Thierry Germain)

Les Mémoires Saumur-Champigny Cabernet Franc 2020

Delectable Wine
9.4

The 2020 Les Mémoires is a round and elegant Cabernet Franc. It's a not-trying-hard wine that exudes a sense of calm and ease as it rolls around your mouth seamlessly. Maybe it's the 100-year-old vines doing their thing. There's no oak getting in the way, allowing the purity of fruit to shine. It remains true to its variety and place, while its light spice meets dark fruits. Forget the fruit flavors, this is all about refined texture and its fine, chalky, powdery veil of tannins lightly coating the palate. Long and textural, this is not a wine you'll regret... (Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, August 2022)
— 3 days ago

Domaine Arnaud Lambert

Clos Moleton Lieu-dit Saint-Cyr-En-Bourg Cabernet Franc 2019

Deep ruby colour. Superb nose, both natural (varietal notes) and classic (breeding). The nose is really sexy! Semi-bodied gourmet mouth, giving pride of place to a high-flying vinification on modernity with the fruit ahead. This suggests their best on the most prestigious cuvées in the estate. A very beautiful expression of the Cabernet franc de Loire.

Robe rubis profonde. Nez superbe, à la fois nature (notes variétales) et classique (élevage). Le nez est vraiment sexy! Bouche gourmande demi corsée, faisant la part belle à une vinification de haut vol sur la modernité avec le fruit en avant. Ça laisse présager leur meilleur sur les cuvées plus prestigieuses du domaine. Une très belle expression du cabernet franc de Loire.
— 22 days ago

Alan, Tom and 18 others liked this