Loire Valley Cabernet Franc

Domaine de Pallus

Les Pensées de Pallus Chinon Cabernet Franc 2015

Oh zippy. It is less a hedonist and more and artist. An artist keen on committing to a movement whilst retaining its agency. It has a bit of a funky nose so do the swirl decant dance. Then you’ll have fun earth and every color of pepper and tannins that speak up then stand down yet linger respectfully in the background a like a chaperon who keeps just enough distance. Prob my fave Chinon yet. — 7 days ago

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Tyler Martinelli

Tyler Martinelli

I love this wine 👌🏻
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@Tyler Martinelli it was my first time trying it! But won’t be my last:)

Domaine Guiberteau

Saumur Cabernet Franc 2017

There was a debate on poop vs horse blanket around the table. Luckily I’m OK with a bit of brett 😍 — 7 days ago

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Brett is underrated

Château de Chaintres

Saumur-Champigny Cabernet Franc 2017

Seductive aromatics of ripe damson plums and black currants, with a floral accent (violets?) and some pencil shavings and green peppers. A touch of cloves, too. Quite uplifting and elegant. On the palate this shows nice tension between the great purity of fruit paired with juicy acidity and the firm tannins & earthy undertones. No greenness nor astringency so often found in Loire Cab Francs. A lovely wine. — 6 days ago

Domaine Bobinet

Hanami Cabernet Franc 2018

A very good show of skill when you think about the difficulty of managing extraction from a challenging variety. Cab Franc is a divisive grape but it’s so good when handled well. This has the Cab Franc personality without any of the baggage - no green astringency but instead it’s luscious with berries and minerals and perfumed vegetal notes. — 5 days ago

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Jason Brater

Jason Brater

Great description of cab franc — when done well it is just spot on!
Ely Cohn

Ely Cohn

Thanks @Jason Brater ! See if you can find this one - excellent

Catherine et Pierre Breton

Nuits d'Ivresse Bourgueil Cabernet Franc 2016

Nose was very reductive when first opened I was about to give up on it but gave it some time in the glass...after 15min the reduction blew off and what was left was raspberry and pyrazines, very typical cab franc smell from the Loire Valley that I like so much but many I understand dislike. In the mouth acidity is pretty high alcohol is medium low and tannins are medium. Color is magenta. The taste in the mouth is of a great sweet attack followed by some drying tannins and a finale with good lenght. Given the price certainly worth holding on a few for 5 years to develop some complexity. — a day ago

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Domaine Bernard Baudry

La Croix Boissée Chinon Cabernet Franc 2008

Rubis fonce avec un disque légèrement plus brun
Nez de poivron grillé et tabac
Bouche plus stricte avec un beau cœur de bouche mais des tanins pas ultra intégrés
J ai déjà bu nettement mieux sur ce domaine mais vin agréable
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Domaine Bernard Baudry

Les Grézeaux Chinon Cabernet Franc

Decant this bad boy for at least a half hour, give it a big swirl and you’ll get a wine that has an earthy backdrop that lays down in your mouth and plants delicate tannin roots and sprouts blackberries and purple flowers and maybe a red rose. When I finish this bottle, mayhaps I’ll put a rose in it too. — 10 days ago

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@Trixie it’s good stuff!
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@Jay Kline yah I’m into it!
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Oh and thanks @Matt Perlman for the recommendation!

Domaine Grosbois

Gabare Chinon Cabernet Franc 2017

Classic Chinon. Black olives, pencil lead, graphite and bell pepper skin. Elevated acidity. Well made! — 14 days ago

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Domaine Filliatreau

La Grande Vignolle Saumur-Champigny Cabernet Franc 2018


Went well with teriyaki chicken. Would be great with just about anything. Mouthwatering and delicious. — 13 days ago

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Dom Malerba

Dom Malerba

Very nice Ted!

Domaine Bernard Baudry

Chinon Cabernet Franc Rosé 2018

Delectable Wine

Glistening orange-pink. Vibrant, mineral-accented strawberry, cherry, pink grapefruit and floral scents are complemented by a spicy white pepper accent. Intense red berry and bitter orange pith flavors show sharp delineation and an appealingly light touch. Closes floral and long, displaying firm tension and resonating minerality. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, August 2019) — 10 days ago

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