Saumur-Champigny Vieilles Vignes, Filliatreau
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Saumur-Champigny Vieilles Vignes, Filliatreau - 2010

Item # 33686 750mL

Paul and Frédrik Filliatreau own relatively big estate in Saumur. This is a little treat from their cellar. It opens up with a smoky cherry, tart cranberry, peppery cassis, leather, and animal notes. Decanting is recommended before enjoying with rabbit soup and/or pulled pork.

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The Astor cool room truly over-delivers for an incredible price once again with this stunning library release from Domaine Filliatreau. Located near the city of Samur, the estate is known for its fruity, easy drinking style of Cabernet Franc; it was founder Paul Filliatreu’s shift to stainless steel vinifications with short macerations in the 70’s that made the style popular in Parisian bistros. Thirteen years in the bottle have lovingly softened the fresh bell pepper notes typical of Cab Franc and this wine greets us with smoky aromas of blistered peppers, dried fruits, chilies and gamey, savory notes of cured meats. A smooth as silk palate really shows off the intensity and quality of fruit from the seventy-year-old vines that produced it. This is seriously good now and I can’t wait to see what additional years in the cellar will do.

- SG



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 wine, and in Bordeaux where it is still used in moderate percentages in the typical blends. In fact,...

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