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Staff Pick

Anjou Rouge "Entre Copains," Ch. de Plaisance - 2017

Item # 32711 750mL
$18.96/ Single Bottle
$227.52 $204.77/ Case of 12
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Grape Variety

Tasting Notes

A red wine that is full of ripe, black-berried fruits all within a firm backbone of tannins. It is unoaked to emphasize the fruit character of the Cabernet Franc grape. Pepper and onion pizza done on the grill is a mildly ambitious but great pairing.

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Staff Pick Notes

You don't hear much about reds from Anjou because there's so much noise made about other Loire Valley treasures like Côteaux du Layon, Sancerre, and Muscadet. But if you can tune out or at least bring that white wine roar to a din, you'll find Loire's unsung hero, Anjou Saumur. This Cabernet Franc is wildly exotic and surprisingly fresh. The nose takes you to a lush garden full of hibiscus, nettles, cinnamon, and jasmine. The palate leads you further into the brush with juicy raspberries, blueberries, and some wild pepper. I know Anjou isn't a household name like Sancerre, but be thankful it isn't, because there wouldn't be any left on our shelves if it were.

- SD

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.


At the far western end of the Loire Valley lies the town of Angers, for which the region of Anjou is named. The wines of this region enjoyed great fame throughout the 12th and 13th centuries, when wine production was dominated by the white varietals Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Then, when phylloxera wiped out most of these plantings, the area was replanted with a large proportion of Cabernet...

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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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