Fermented and aged in stainless steel, this pristine Cabernet Franc is made to be enjoyed young. There’s tannic structure and bright acidity along with juicy fruit—think fraises des bois, or wild strawberries, and just the slightest hint of mushrooms. An easy go-to wine—pair it with a plate of charcuterie for an hors d’oeuvre that can be put together effortlessly after an afternoon on the trail. –Emily Spillmann
|Producer:||Domaine de la Chanteleuserie|
|Vineyard:||Planted from 1967 - 1980, 8 ha|
|Aging:||Fermented and aged in stainless steel cuves|
Just outside of the village of Benais, in the heart of the Touraine, sits lovely Domaine de la Chanteleuserie. This “place where the larks sing,” as the name means, is perched on a limestone plateau in an idyllic landscape. Moise Boucard, a vigneron whom Kermit discovered in 1976, has not only given his good sense of humor and modesty to his son, Thierry, but his winemaking skills, too. This is the land of Cabernet Franc, and Thierry makes pure varietal wines. Bourgueil is among the most age-worthy of the Loire Valley’s reds, and Chanteleuserie’s are no exception: their 1976 still drinks well today! These structured wines also have a suppleness and generosity of fruit that set them apart from most wines produced in the area today.
There is so much contained in a glass of good wine, It is a gift of nature that tastes of man's foibles, his sense of the beautiful, his idealism and virtuosity.
Adventures on the Wine Route, pages 232