Somnambule Rouge, Le Fief Noir
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Somnambule Rouge, Le Fief Noir - 2018

Item # 41612 750mL

A red blend based mostly on Cabernet Franc and Grolleau planted in black schist soils. After fermenation the wine is aged for 7 months - 50% in 4 year old barriques. The freshness of the Cabernet Franc is delightful, fruity and lush on the palate.

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Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard. Certified in the country of origin.

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Staff Pick Notes

Cabernet Franc is widely cultivated in the Loire Valley. Anjou and Saumur produce the finest expression. Fresh and crisp wines are created in this area. This wine is a perfect expression of these qualities: red fruit flavors followed by herbaceous notes and well-balanced tannins. A small amount of Grolleau is added, which is typical in the Loire, despite the grape being relatively unknown. It imparts the wine with dark berry notes and helps make the herbaceous notes typical in Cab Franc more approachable. Another good quality of this wine is the long earthy finish. I would pair this Cab Fanc with white meat dishes or soft cheeses!




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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