Les Morinieres Chinon

Chinon is one of the few places in the Loire Valley that makes red wines – 100% Cabernet Franc, and usually lighter and more fragrant than the Cab Francs grown in Bordeaux. I’m cracking this bottle open before dinner – and hopefully it will carry over to pair up with my pizza. This bottling is produced by Joseph Mellot.

Les Morinieres (2011) Chinon, France – $15

Photo0374Color: brilliant purple-red with a dark center.

Aroma: black pepper, tar, and some dark berry fruit. Not much cedar.

Taste: good pepper on top of the fruit – fuller bodied than most Chinons, with nice length on the finish.  Shows some nice finesse in the midpalate. With has food, this opens up a little more – quite nice.

Recommended – this is a nice example of Chinon, and worthy of having a few bottles in the cellar. One more reason my license plate is CAB FRNC.



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