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Staff Pick

Bourgueil "Jour de Soif", Dom. du Bel Air - 2018

Item # 24201 750mL
$14.99/ Single Bottle
$179.88 $161.89/ Case of 12
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Grape Variety

Tasting Notes

Five generations of winemaking wisdom in a bottle. This beautiful Cab Franc is exceptionally lithe and refreshing. Showing rich roses and violets on the nose and a spiced cranberry palate. A must for Loire Valley red lovers.

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Staff Pick Notes

Domaine du Bel Air has been making wine for five generations, but only selling it commercially since 1979. Run by Pierre Gauthier and his son Rodolphe, the estate achieved organic certification in 2000. While the estate specializes in age-worthy Cabernet Franc, the "Jour de Soif" (Day of Thirst) is their über-quaffable entry-level offering, meant to be drunk young. Medium in weight with crushed berry fruit, light tannins, and prominent minerality, this is fresh, yummy Cabernet Franc at its best.

- AL

Astor's Glossary of Terms


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.

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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