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Staff Pick

"No SO2" Cabernet Franc, Dom. de L'R - 2017

Item # 38737 750mL
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Tasting Notes

A Cabernet Franc made without the use of any additional sulphur. An atypical red wine that has a wild, musky side and a dose of tannins. Full of character and a red wine you can drink with a chill after decanting.

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Staff Pick Notes

Despite the label on this bottling from Frédéric Sigonneau seeming like it is characterized with menacing qualities, this wine is absolutely one of jovial nature and approachability. Sigonneau returned back to his family’s estate after two years in Spain working on biodynamic ungrafted vineyards. With vines averaging 40 to 50 years old, he uses attentive viticulture and a focused organic approach to get honest, concentrated Cabernet Franc that is au natural. Vinified in stainless steel vats and aged on its lees for six months, this is a wildly expressive wine with hearty aromas that is intertwined by fresh and lively red fruit that dazzles on the palate with a grace all its own. This is a friendly entry way for those just getting into natural wines.


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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