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Saumur ‘Les Plantagenêts' Cabernet Franc 2017

Red Wine from France - Loire
Vibrant young cabernet franc with floral aroma and full ripe palate balanced by Loire freshness. A great charcuterie or lunchtime bottle.
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Code: LO14081

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Light to medium-bodied
  • Cabernet Franc
  • 13% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Cork, diam

Cave de Saumur

The Cave de Saumur, founded in 1956 by 40 growers, is a co-operative operating under the umbrella of the Alliance Loire organisation, a conglomeration of co-ops vinifying grapes from more than 850 growers covering 4,500 hectares across the entire Loire region. 160 growers now form the Cave de Saumur around the town of the same name and even after nearly 60 years they are under the leadership of only their third President, Jean-Louis Bazille .

The Cave has put an emphasis on sustainable viticulture and all its members have signed up to a plan of action aimed at the conservation of water resources, air quality and biodiversity. They also own a labyrinth of subterranean cellars, some 10 km of them, cut into the soft, pale tufa rock so typical of the Loire, that complements their modern winery built in 2000. Red and rosé wines are made from cabernet franc grapes and whites from chenin blanc.

The quality of Loire cabernet franc has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. This far north it is not easy to ripen red grapes, so more work is now done in the vineyards to encourage early ripening, and in the cellar to bring out fruit and freshness without extracting harsh or green tannins. Master of Wine Sam Harrop has consulted at the Cave de Saumur on the ‘cabernet franc project’ over many years and this has been the catalyst for the dramatic rise in quality.

Loire Valley Vintage 2017

After Jo Locke MW's usual quick visit at harvest time it was clear that 2017 would yield some excellent results. Following her regular February 2018 trip she was delighted to report that she couldn't remember when she was last so excited by a Loire vintage!

Muscadets are gorgeous across the board, and they are such adaptable wines and so light on the stomach. Central Vineyards sauvignons from Domaines Laloue (Exhibition Sancerre) and Riaux (Pouilly-Fumé) are delicious too, with ripeness and freshness in perfect balance. Go to Reuilly, Quincy, Chenonceaux, and Touraine sauvignons for value. Serious chenin lovers will need to wait a bit longer for the 2017s.

The reds have delightfully bright, generous fruit (though it is still early in their progress) which at harvest looked likely to be structured and concentrated as the berries were small and yielding less juice than expected. They have given wines with delightfully bright, generous fruit.

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The Daily Telegraph

50 best wines under£10: The fragrant scent of a flowering redcurrant as you brush past it in thegarden; then the tang of summer pudding berries. This delight of a Loirecabernet franc cries out for...
50 best wines under£10: The fragrant scent of a flowering redcurrant as you brush past it in thegarden; then the tang of summer pudding berries. This delight of a Loirecabernet franc cries out for lamb-burger and couscous or bavette-frites.
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- Victoria Moore

Henry's World of Booze

Cabernet franc fromthe Loire is one of my all time favourite wines. It’s that slatey refreshingedge that makes it so addictive. Forget about wine and food matching, just geta load of this in, chill...
Cabernet franc fromthe Loire is one of my all time favourite wines. It’s that slatey refreshingedge that makes it so addictive. Forget about wine and food matching, just geta load of this in, chill if slightly and it will go with pretty much anything.
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- Henry Jeffreys

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