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Staff Pick

Saumur-Champigny "La Folie," Ch. Yvonne - 2015

Item # 29408 750mL
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Tasting Notes

An accessible and easy Cabernet Franc that displays the region's tuffeau soils in its unadorned, clean profile, La Folie comes from plots within the village of Champigny. Tart, with a terroir-driven personality, raspberries and dried herbs strike the palate, edged with smoky, pepper aromas. Acidity is bright and fresh, as the wine was matured in neutral barrels. A satisfying wine for casual nights over lamb chops with lots of herbs.


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Staff Pick Notes

Simply put, this is a stunning expression of Cab Franc! Beautifully textured with pure raspberries, pepper, earth, dried herbs and violets. The palate is fresh and lively with searching flavors of pure raspberries, clay, wet rocks and savory notes of fresh rosemary, thyme and basil. It continues to evolve and becomes so alluring it's impossible to put down the glass! Fresh acidity and smooth tannins wraps it up with a pretty bow. Pair it with grilled steak and herb butter, portobello mushrooms or a great book!

- JBB

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.

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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