Chateau de Minière, Bourgueil 2011, Loire, France
Tasting Note: A cabernet franc from Bourgueil with concentration, depth and body that impresses.
Deep-intensity ruby in color this wine has a nose of raspberry, black plum, violet, pencil shavings and forest floor.
On the palate the dry, medium-plus bodied cabernet franc shows medium-plus flavor intensity and concentration with ripe, grippy, medium-plus tannin with restrained fruit suggested on the nose.
A lovely expression of the grape with balance between the fruit and medium-acidity and with depth of flavor suggestive of indigenous-yeast fermentation.
Bottle Note: 100% cabernet franc. Wine to age from 50-year old vines. 30% of the wine ages for 1 year in used oak barrel, 70% in stainless steel tank. Intense red color, aroma of raspberry and black currant, balanced wine with soft tannins and long finish. Pairs well with red and grilled meat and stews.
Importer: Communal Brands, Long Island, New York
Tasting Date: September 11, 2017