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
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.