Grapelive Wine of the Day
By Kerry Winslow
2009 Chateau Soucherie, Anjou Rouge, Loire Valley, France.
This is a single-vineyard cuvée from an old vines parcel that fronts the Château. with the soils a mix of limestone, sand and clay Soucherie’s Cabernet Franc is a marvel of balance, complexity and richness. The grapes for this cuvee are destemmed, then they are fermented in cuve giving the wine a pureness and chalky mineral essence that makes it stand out. Unfined and unfiltered the wine was bottled after 24 months in barrel, but there is not a trance of overt wood and nothing but the graceful highlights ever comes out. This wine is a stunning example of Cabernet Franc at it’s best with dark floral perfume, a hint of game and spice and lush red and black fruits with lots of life and minerally goodness. Chateau Soucherie’s 2009 Anjou Rouge is utterly fantastic and a nearly perfect wine of terroir and focus with vibrant and seamless layers, it is a must find for and Franc lovers and a great wine to introduce one’s self to this beautiful grape and region.
($18 Est.) 95 Points, grapelive