Wine Tasting - New Releases of Loire Cabernet Franc|
NOVEMBER 10TH 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will be tasting new releases of Loire Cabernet Franc, for inclusion on our list. The Loire is the longest river in France, the last wild river in Europe, and has been designated a World Heritage area by UNESCO. For much of its 630 miles - from the mountains of central France to the coast of Brittany - the Loire is vineyard country. Total wine production makes up the third largest AOC (appellation d'origine controlee) viticultural area in France. It is France's second largest region for sparkling wine and the leading region for white wine production. The Loire River is the cradle of the French Nation. It is where the cultures of north and south meet. Charles Martel stopped the Saracen invasion of Europe at Tours in 731 AD. Joan of Arc met the Dauphin at Chinon in 1429 and convinced him to fight the English. Loire Valley wines include 65 appellations that include every style of wine - red, white, rose, still, Sparkling, sweet, dry and everything in between. One reason for this diversity is the size of the Loire Valley. The vineyards grow along a 300 mile stretch of the river, so there are several distinct climates and a wide variety of soils that divide the Loire Valley into 5 distinct regions, each with its own characteristic varietals and wine styles. The red wines of the Loire Valley range from fresh and fruity to rich and earthy, but they are never overpowering. The lighter ones can be served chilled at a summer barbecue, and the fuller bodied are excellent for companions for hearty dishes. Cabernet Franc ripens earlier than its more famous cousin (Cabernet Sauvignon), making it better suited to the cooler climate of the Loire. It probably originated in Bordeaux, where it is mainly used for blending, but it is so well suited to conditions in the Loire Valley that it stands alone in such famous wines as Chinon, Bourgueil and Samur-Champigny. Fine old Cabernet Franc wines can, in the words of one Loire Valley winemaker, be reminiscent of the aromas of a forest after a rainstorm. Young Cabernet Franc is an ideal red wine for summer. Older, bigger wines are delicious with roasted meats and are probably the ideal accompaniment to the traditional roast leg of lamb with flageolet beans. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread.
The wines featured will be:
Chinon, Le Grand Bouquet 2009
Saumur-Champigny, Joseph Mellot, "Le Boigclair" 2009
Chinon, Le Grand Bouquet Reserve, "Eleve en futs de Chene" 2009
Bourgueil, Catherine et Pierre Breton, "Trinch" 2011
Bourgueil, Domaine de la Chevalerie, "Galichets" 2008
A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk (253-5742 or 800-826-7000) and there will be a $20.00 fee per person.
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