Saumur Rouge, Réserve des Vignerons
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Saumur Rouge, Réserve des Vignerons - 2017

Item # 24114 750mL
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Color
Red
Vintage
Country
Region
Sub-Region
Appellation/Village
Saumur
Grape Variety

Tasting Notes

A deep, dark red wine, packed with blackberry fruit and showing a rustic, funky edge. Surprisingly hearty, this Loire Valley red has a solid backbone of tannins and stands up well to grilled or roasted meats.


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Staff Pick Notes

This wine has my vote for best bottle under $10. Cabernet Franc is one of the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon, though it tends to be more tangy than its celebrity offspring. A grape with connections to both the Loire and Bordeaux, I propose that this grape has the ability to bridge the gap between all wine drinkers.There’s enough fruit to please the New World wine fans and none of the green flavor many object to. Then again, there’s a hint of tannin with zippy acidity and that classic Cabernet Franc perfume, which is sure to please any serious wine fan. Grab a few bottles for your next gathering or just to have around. This red is juicy enough not to require food, but since you’re going to have to eat at some point, you could pair this prodigiously with meat and vegetable dishes that have tomato or peppers.

- TT

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Loire

There’s a lot to remember when it comes to the Loire. Novices, take note: Cabernet Franc is a great alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscadet is unparalleled as a companion to shellfish, and Cour Cheverny is the best white wine appellation you’ve never heard of. As diverse as Loire wines are, one day soon you'll know your Melon de Bourgogne from your Romorantin.

Saumur

Situated on the left bank of the Loire Valley between Angers and Tours, Saumur is a historic city dominated by one of the most famous castles in France. The castle, like many of the great Châteaux of the Loire Valley, was built with the same tuffeau limestone that underlies the vineyards of the region. Excavations left from building castles and palaces resulted in a network of hundreds of miles...

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Cabernet Franc

Relegated to moderate obscurity in modern times, Cabernet Franc is in fact the proud parent of the attention-hogging Cabernet Sauvignon (after an illicit affair with Sauvignon Blanc a hundred-odd years ago). Cabernet Franc has remained close to its roots in France, enjoying small pockets of popularity primarily in the Loire Valley (specifically in Chinon), where it is often bottled as a varietal...

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