Wednesday, January 1, 2014

January Wine Pick: Bouqueteau Traditional Chinon 2012

This WINE PICK of the month was written for the Luke's of Cape Cod website.

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In my opinion there’s no other single varietal more satisfying than a Cabernet Franc done right. Admittedly they’re not done right very often, but this one sure is. In France's Loire Valley there’s a commune called Chinon and Cabernet Franc, a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon, is pretty much what they do. The thing that fascinates me about Cabernet Franc is its aroma. I could just smell it all day, not have a single sip and be completely happy. Bouqueteau’s nose has violets, fresh tomato leaves, red bell pepper, ice-melt salt and beach sand.

The palate has home-made cranberry sauce (that morphs into red plum as the wine opens up), green pepper, dried herbs and brown spices, with a cherry and vanilla cola finish.

Its ingredient-like and seasoning-like character along with high acidity and round tannin make it compatible with a wide range of food from pasta with tomato sauce, to hearty steaks, to herb-rubbed chicken breasts, to camembert brie.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $15
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended.
(what does that mean?)

The bottle used was purchased by myself for the purpose of this review.

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