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.
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.