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Staff Pick

"Clef de Sol" Rouge, La Grange Tiphaine - 2016

Item # 28433 750mL
$31.96/ Single Bottle
$383.52 $345.17/ Case of 12
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Grape Variety

Tasting Notes

A sturdy blend of Cabernet Franc and Malbec. An ageworthy red that adds character to a cellar collection, you can also decant and enjoy its youth now. Deeply etched minerality cuts through the firm red fruit on this elegant, structured wine. Enjoy with gamey meats, hard cheeses and flavorful sauces. This red blend was fermented in concrete and matured in 225L and 400L used barrels.

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Staff Pick Notes

"Mineral." The word is bandied about so often as to be rendered meaningless. But permit me to lean into it here. Because what is in my glass if not fruit? Flowers?? Yes, lilacs mostly, but they're singing backup to some inorganic front man whose face is cast in shadow: Is it Graphite? Scree? Quarry dust? Damien Delecheneau's wines are so alluring because some part of them refuses to be revealed. Clef de Sol is a 2:1 blend of Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The sixty-year-old vines grow in clay and silica over a limestone base. The name of the wine means Treble Clef and what plays in the glass is ethereal and high-toned.


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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