Today’s Thirsty Thursday feature hails from the Loire Valley in France. The region’s sandy, porous soils allow for ideal rainwater regulation, key for growing Cabernet Franc. Primarily used as a blending grape in other regions, the Loire’s soil quality produces exceptional character in the varietal allowing producers to feature 100% Cabernet Francs better than anywhere else in the world!
The Clos des Morains Saumur Champigny 2017 opens with dark, red fruit aromas. On the palate. this 100% Cabernet Franc is silky and supple with notes of fresh blackberries, raspberries and spiced leather. The finish is dry, lingering and well-balanced which allows this wine to drink perfectly now but also provides the potential for a couple years of cellaring.