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Loire Cabernet Franc: Who Do You Think You Are?

Over the past two decades the quality of Loire Valley Cabernet Franc has soared. The very best wines are inimitable, elegant, terroir-driven and sensitively handled. They deserve to be discovered, in their own right, as superlative Loire reds, not a fresher alternative to Bordeaux Right Bank nor an affordable offering for Burgundy drinkers. Following four visits to the Loire in the first half of 2021, I was left wondering why Loire Cabernet wasn’t enough, why did it have to be benchmarked against other French wine regions that don’t make single varietal Cabernet Franc?

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Vinous Table

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La Cabotte, London, UK

A small number of people, a small number of bottles, fantastic cuisine, first-class service and the usual lively cross-table banter – you could not ask for more. Prices are extremely reasonable within the current inflationary climate.

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Lorne, London, UK

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Marea, New York, NY

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The Waterside Inn, Maidenhead, UK

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The Ritz Restaurant, London, UK


Vinous Favorites

2021 Bedrock Wine Co. Rosé Ode to Lulu

2021 Bedrock Wine Co. Rosé Ode to Lulu, 92 points

The 2021 Rosé Ode to Lulu shows mineral-tinged aromas of red berries, nectarine and citrus zest complemented by herb notes. Silky and energetic on the palate, offering white peach, strawberry and tangerine flavors with delineation and tension. A floral note lingers on the finish. (JR)

($24.00)

Cellar Favorites

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Lune d’Or 2012-2020

This Cellar Favourite takes a look at the Bordeaux dry white, Lune d’Argent, an increasingly important part of Olivier Bernard’s portfolio.

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