Loire Valley Cabernet Franc

Olga Raffault

Les Picasses Chinon Cabernet Franc 2014

Give this 2 hours minimum in a decanter - it’s shy at first but opens up to a really beautiful and varietally accurate cab franc expression. Ripe red and black cherry, freshly turned potting soil, green pepper, slightly horsey. My wife, who has a more sensitive palate, was turned off by the extent of barnyard here - I was more than happy to drink the bottle on my own. :)
Enjoyed tonight with a roasted Cornish game hen, prepared in the Zuni style, with sautéed brassicas and broiled polenta. Two more in the cellar - drinking great now but I’ll try to hold them for a couple years to see where things go.
— 4 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Awesome stuff.

Anne Claude Leflaive

Clau de Nell Anjou Cabernet Franc 2014

Anjou Cab Franc from the Leflaives of Burgundy fame. Superb but needs air and/or time. Tannins still fairly firm but super fine. Nose has musty earth, smoke, graphite and autumnal dried leaves, with black cherries and red forest berries and wood spice on the palate. Finish is velvety smooth. Perfect balance. Saved half the bottle for tomorrow night with great reluctance. — 8 days ago

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Willem Jan Withagen

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too bad the old lady is no longer among us....
Stll happy to have a few of her bottles in the cellar.
Ira Schwartz

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@Matt Perlman UGH!!! I see I posted my note for you under the wrong wine.
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@Ira Schwartz Haha don’t worry I figured :)

Domaine du Bel Air

Grand Mont Bourgueil Cabernet Franc 2015

Candy, with great body and depth. Best to decant this vintage or leave it in the cave for another couple years. Opened up considerably after an hour. Fantastic wine! — 14 days ago

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Domaine Bernard Baudry

Les Grézeaux Chinon Cabernet Franc 2010

Lyle Fass
9.5

Dynamite nose. Fresh gravel, silky berry fruit, tar, tobacco, leather, game, mineral, floral. All very pungent and perfumed. Palate is just superb. Unreal freshness. Just crushes the 09 in freshness levels and makes it so much more complete. Balanced and super pure with terrific, power, depth and concentration. Exceptionally long finish and ripe, substantial and very high quality tannins. — 4 days ago

Mike, Severn and 9 others liked this

Domaine La Bonneliere

Saumur Tradition Cabernet Franc Rosé 2017

Nose has dried raspberry, orange zest, sliced Clementine orange and moist limestone/chalk.

Palate has dried orange slice, dried raspberry, partially-dried cherry with medium acidity and finish. This bottle appears to be in decline.

Getting close to being out of stock on this vintage, but it's been a good run for only $14!
— 3 hours ago

Paul, Mike and 18 others liked this

Domaine des Roches Neuves (Thierry Germain)

Franc de Pied Saumur-Champigny Cabernet Franc 2018

violets, red currant, slight bell pepper, tobacco, wet earth, lacy refined texture, med + acidity 😍😍😍 — a day ago

Chris, Tom and 8 others liked this

Thibaud Boudignon

Rosé de Loire Cabernet Franc Rosé 2018

Beautiful. Plenty of ripe red berries & rich stone fruit. Cab Franc aromatic character is on point here along with some ripe cherry notes on the finish. Wonderfully fresh with crisp acid. Brilliant rose. — 5 days ago

David, Ira and 27 others liked this

Catherine et Pierre Breton

Nuits d'Ivresse Bourgueil Cabernet Franc 2011

Deep, dense purple–ruby colour, the aromas on the nose alone hit me like some revelation. Truly complex, with notes of wet leafs, forest floor, black currant, leather and bell pepper. Enough tannin and fruit to go a while further, but drinking superbly right now. — 4 days ago

Hampus, Karla and 5 others liked this

Bainbridge and Cathcart

Cuvée Highway 8 Cabernet Franc 2018

Peter and Julie show the softer side of Cab Franc. Highway .8 is deep purple with blackberries and cola and only the slightest vegetation giveaway. — 5 days ago

Brandon, Vanessa and 21 others liked this

Agnès et René Mosse

Anjou Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Goes well with food but slightly on the austere side of things. Dense, medium tannins and needs some time in the glass for the flavors to open up. — 5 days ago

Rob, P and 11 others liked this