Drink Distinct: Wines & Producers

Cabernet Franc - Ushers in new region, France’s Loire Valley

Over the next several weeks, we will be rolling out our first sustained offerings from France’s Loire Valley. Three wonderful estates, each very different and distinct and virtually unknown in the States.

First, say hello to Nau (like NO) Frères in the appellation of Bourgueil (burr-Goy), famous for Cabernet Franc. For those who know this other Cabernet, it is thought of mostly as the grape you blend with Cabernet Sauvignon to tame that latter beast (except if you are lucky to be familiar with Chateau Cheval Blanc - one of the few Bordeaux to feature our friend Franc).

Despite producing softer and less tannic wine, Cabernet Franc is an elite grape - and in the hands of talented and dedicated growers and winemakers, like The Brothers Frères, they are approachable young but can still thrive for decades.

Our first offering, on Pre-Arrival, from this estate is likely their finest. Vieilles Vignes (old vines) is 100% Cabernet Franc from vines up to 75 years old. The 2014 vintage was particularly great for this grape and it’s apparent here. The color is red on the verge of black. A deep, seductive nose gives way to intense, concentrated, dark fruit but with bright flavors and intriguing minerals from the diverse soil composition.

It’s a baby but a beautiful one so please try to follow its evolution over time. Based on the older examples I tasted of this cuvée you will be rewarded - and at this compelling price, I encourage you to grab enough to do so.

Abel, Patrice & Bertrand

Join us in happily saying Yes to Nau...Frères.
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