This Loire Valley blend of 90% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon shows a clear, dark purple color with a thin garnet edge. Simple but attractive aromas and flavors, tart red plums and a whiff of cranberry on the nose and palate. Bright and acidic on first taste, with 13% alcohol, its palate-cleansing zing is soon joined by soft, fuzzy tannins that give a sense of body and structure. Crisp red fruit lingers in a long finish. U.S. importer: Robert Kacher Selections, Washington, D.C. (April 21, 2016)
FOOD MATCH: The winery suggests roasted or grilled meat, charcuterie, or cheese, and all of those should work. We went the cheese route with a lighter take on Alfredo: fettuccine with Parmigiano besciamella and a little saffron.
WHEN TO DRINK: It’s fine now, but good fruit, balance and tannins suggest that it should keep well and perhaps gain a bit of aged-red complexity over two to five years under climate-controlled storage.
VALUE: This good red is fairly priced in the lower teens.
Here’s an excellent fact sheet on Domaine Des RochellesAnjou Rouge L’Ardoise on importer Robert Kacher’s website.
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