Grape(s): Cabernet Franc
Maker: Damien Lorieux
I know I have had cab francs before – the low price allure of Loire reds drew my attention years ago, though I typically stuck more to Grenache from Spain and Italian Barberas in my hunt for bargain wines. It wasn’t until last year when I had one where I was paying attention and while the wine itself wasn’t all that good, it was interesting enough to make we want to look for more.
It didn’t hurt that we spent part of the summer in the Loire valley enjoying cab francs, and so those forces have combined to bring Loire reds into my basket (or cart) at wine stores with increasing frequency.
This particular bottle was from Bourgueil, peppery with a nice spice, and a slight overlay of rose water grounded by acidity and balanced tannins. It was strong through the middle with a bit of tang towards the end, a perfect wine to cut through the mushroom ricotta ravioli we made for the occasion.
The wine, by Damien Lorieux, is from a 15 hectare vineyard in the Loire valley. Based on some light googling of the name (Tuffeaux), I would guess this is from grapes grown in soil characterized by what the all-knowing Wikipedia describes as “chalky or sandy, fine-grained limestone.” The wine was tasty – versatile, interesting, and exactly what we were looking for. And at under $20, one we will likely buy again.