Leaves are falling, and a certain crispness is in the air. The occasional gust of wind tells us that winter is just a cold front away. But before it arrives, it’s important to stop and embrace autumn. This short transitional time is my favorite of the year—not only for the chance to break out the cozy sweaters that have been collecting dust in my closet! The gatherings and food are something I wait for all year. Squashes, pies, cold cider and hot donuts (then hot cider and cold donuts), and the grand feasts. Oh, those glorious meals! When tasked with supplying the wine for these fall dinners, I cannot think of a better choice than Cabernet Franc. It may be the earthy aromas or the soft and warming spice on the finish, but this grape seems to embody autumn in all of its beauty.
Following the typical Charles Joguet style, this wine is muscular with decadent aromas of cranberries, black pepper, violets, fennel, and a little smoke. It seems to mingle perfectly at the table with autumnal flavors.
This is the grandest bottling of Cabernet Franc from one of Chinon’s most outstanding producers. While the wine is well concentrated, it has lift and freshness as the deeper notes of ripe cherry, graphite, and smoke are balanced by ethereal aromas of eucalyptus and cool fall air.
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