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Saumur-Champigny ‘Cuvée Tradition' Domaine Ratron, Clos des Cordeliers 2015

Red Wine from France - Loire
At its best, cabernet franc speaks of its origins, with a taste of the earth that is hard to pin down, yet captivating and moreish. This is the delightful Ratron family’s regular cuvée but in a fine Loire red vintage, full of smooth berry fruit now that will develop more complex woodland notes over time.
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Code: LO13891

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Cabernet Franc
  • 13% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Cork, plastic

Clos de Cordeliers

Since 1932 this Loire estate has belonged to the Ratron family. It was with great sadness that we learned in March 2017 of the sudden illness and death of Sébastien Ratron, a kind and gentle man who was the fourth generation to continue the tradition of winemaking here.

The Clos des Cordeliers estate is in the commune of Souzay-Champigny, in the heart of the Saumur-Champigny appellation, and takes its name from Franciscan monks known as ‘Cordeliers’ who resided here along with their vines between 1696 and the French Revolution in 1789.

No oak is used in the winemaking process, allowing the natural fragrance and freshness of cabernet franc, the only grape planted at the estate, to shine through. It is an excellent expression of this Loire valley classic and makes a surprisingly good red wine match for goat’s milk cheeses, with the Prestige cuvée more appropriate for meat dishes, especially lamb and young beef which it complements beautifully. The Ratrons have always kept a beautiful vineyard.

Loire Valley Vintage 2015

Two great vintages in a row and throughout the Loire Valley is an unexpected bonus and another year that’s good for reds is great news. The whites have the freshness of 2014 but are a little more sweeter-fruited and friendlier, with a little less acidity than the more classic 2014s. In Vouvray there hasn’t been a vintage since 1997 to have the level and quality of nobly-rotted grapes for making moelleux-style wines.

Muscadet, which is at last seeing the first signs of revival after many years in the doldrums with investment from both new, young and seasoned, well-established growers, fared well. 2015 is a little lower in acidity than 2014, though without the atypical richness of 2009 and 2010, and many will prefer it.

The lower acidity throughout the valley in 2015 has produced earlier-drinking, friendlier wines across all grape varieties, but early tastings suggested no loss of the Loire’s appetising food-friendliness.

2015 vintage reviews
2014 vintage reviews
2013 vintage reviews

The Observer

Thanks toimprovements in both vineyard and winery, the Loire’s best cabernet franc redwines, such as this delightful example from Saumur-Champigny, are, in goodvintages, a match for bordeaux in...
Thanks toimprovements in both vineyard and winery, the Loire’s best cabernet franc redwines, such as this delightful example from Saumur-Champigny, are, in goodvintages, a match for bordeaux in their mix of graphite and curranty freshness.
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- David Williams

JancisRobinson.com

Very direct andfragrant. Pure Cabernet Franc at its luscious, perfumed best. Lovely forsummer. Quite spicy – cinnamon note? Light bodied but very fruity. Good value

16.5/20 Jancis Robinson

Financial Times

A more serious Loire red … that shares the heady fragrance of cabernet franc with full, satisfying ripeness. The 2015 vintage really was something quite special, certainly in the Loire and in much...
A more serious Loire red … that shares the heady fragrance of cabernet franc with full, satisfying ripeness. The 2015 vintage really was something quite special, certainly in the Loire and in much of Europe. -
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Jancis Robinson

The Guardian

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<span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'><font color="#000000">… fresh and crunchy -an odd word to use of a wine, I know, but think fruit that’s just turnedripe, rather than dropping off the bush. There’s a cool, beguilingleafiness  … lovely … - </font></span>
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Fiona Beckett

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