Saturday, September 22, 2007

2006 Chateau de Fesles Cabernet Franc

Both Dr. Debs and I were thinking Loire red last night, but I ended up taking another stab at Cabernet Franc. And another success, I should say, especially given the price. Quality-wise, this wine slots in between the 2004 Clos la Dioterie and the 2004 Domaine de la Perrière. Even better, it was cheaper than the relatively unloved (by Joe) Perrière.

The 2006 Chateau de Fesles Cabernet Franc "Vielles Vignes" (Anjou), by Bernard Germain, was a nice purpley-red, appearing "weightier" in the glass than it was on the palate. Very leafy on the nose, with dominant scents of tobacco and tea, later showing some nice vegetal, blackcurrant and black pepper notes. On the palate it was very dry, with tongue-puckering tannins, lively acidity, crisp currant fruit and a velvety texture. Light- to medium-bodied, the whole package was slightly off balance, but should come together a little better with some time in the cellar. I found it a bit nicer closer to cellar temperature, or just below room temperature. A great match for homemade burgers off the grill, I think it would also pair nicely with some winter stews or weightier veal dishes. At this price, you can safely put some away for winter.
13% alcohol
Score: 16/20
Price: C$17 (SAQ)

Note that I had the Anjou White by Germain here, and it led off our World of Whites tasting last week. Another great find - Germain is displaying some nice, consistent quality.

7 comments:

Dr. Debs said...

That sounds delicious. I am a fan of cab franc, in part because I do like that slightly green edge you often get with them. To me, that just translates as freshness--nicely captured in your picture, too!

Joe said...

Yep, I liked this one. Generally, thought, I find cab franc to be hit and miss - I like the green edge, but the acidity can be over the top. Not tonight! I REALLY loved the Clos de la Dioterie....

Marcus said...

I agree with Dr. Debs and think that overall you've captured this wine well in this post: from the colour dowsn to serving advice. I've sampled it many times since the 2002 vintage and it's always reliable off the shelf -- though it does evolve quickly in the short term I think. I will look forward some 2006 soon.

Joe said...

Thanks, Marcus. I feel like I am walking on eggshells every time I write about Loire reds - horrifying visions of a disfigured Homer Simpson. I will probably pick up a few more bottles of this one - great price. Wish you could try the Sandhill Cab Franc someday! A very different take, but a neat wine.

kosher wine said...

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Joe said...

Thanks for your comments KW.

Jim Chandler said...

For the $15 that I paid for this bottle, I was very pleased. Love Cab Franc's "green edge"- to me, that translates as rusticity and makes me think of the countryside!