An interesting and smart wine from Olga Raffault. A neatly weighted balance between the fresh, cool climate fruit and the rocky, semi-funky undertones on the nose. Low alcohol, smooth and round tannins makes this wine a companion throughout the night. A hint of chili pepper on the palate is giving some electricity to keep you on your toes. — 14 hours ago
From The Guardian... "'You think, has the world gone mad?' says Sam Harrop. 'We're spending thousands on cases of en primeur Bordeaux when a few hundred miles up the road there's a region producing red wines showing better terroir, and with more vibrancy for a fraction of the price.' He's talking about the Loire. Specifically, about Loire cabernet franc. Harrop's a New Zealander and master of wine, who's just spent four years advising Loire wine-makers on how they might improve their wines for the British palate, so he's not unbiased. But he does have a point. Cabernet franc is under-valued, not just at the top level, but all the way down to the supermarket shelf."
While no one should be comparing cabernet franc from Loire Valley to cabernet franc from the Right Bank, I can't dispute the quality nor the value. If modern gamay from Beaujolais is considered fresh and bright, then modern cabernet franc from Loire is fresh and dark. Wet cement, juicy raspberry, vibrant blueberry, and roasted red pepper, with some faint cocoa powder and floral undertones. — 17 days ago
What a nose - velvety, perfectly ripe cab franc smoky dark fruit with some bell pepper and tobacco accents. A bit of a let down on the palate: truly velvety texture and lovely fruit but lacking intensity and fades a touch too quickly on the finish. Still, a heck of a deal for 20 year old wine at $50. — 18 days ago
Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil... very cab francy, very pencily, organic, natural (with little SO2) to keep it sexy... high acidity, light-medium body, funky feel on the tongue, lots if cherries, with slightly tannic dry finish... a very pleasant surprise and an interesting bottle design! — 7 days ago