The Loire’s charm lies in its wide variety of wine styles born from the interplay of diverse grapes, soils, and mesoclimates. But the region’s grandest feat is arguably the noble Cabernet Franc of Touraine from the area’s famous tuffeau sites. This chalky limestone is responsible for chiseled wines of great breed, finesse, and cellaring potential. The examples that follow are produced from old vines deeply entrenched in this creamy, sponge-like rock, delivering strikingly pure, chalky tannins that stimulate and refresh at every sip.
The exuberant perfume is loaded with vivid fruits such as blackcurrants and mulberries, plus a heady hint of cedar. Smooth and seductive on the palate, Cuvée Beauvais offers a resurgence of silky fruit and florals—like blackberries and roses, without the thorns. Among the best values in our portfolio for drinking now or cellaring, it finishes cool and focused.
A wine of serious density from north-facing vines planted in the 1930s, only starting to express its full potential. It provides savory sensations highlighted by licorice, mint, and spice, culminating in a majestic tannin. Highly recommended for the cellar, as old vintages of La Dioterie are nothing short of epic.
The fruit here is deep, dark, and sumptuously ripe, but Les Perrières has excellent energy and purity for such a brooding beast. Earthy fruit—the kind you might forage under the cool, shady canopy of some mystical forest—saturates the taste buds before a long, layered, decidedly saline finale. A true masterpiece from Cabernet Franc planted in 1947.
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