2014BergerieAnjou2014 Domaine de la Bergerie, Anjou Rouge, La Cerisaie, Loire Valley, France.
Yves Guegniard’s Domaine de la Bergerie Anjou red is a beautiful example of terroir and is an exceptional value, made from 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon grown on sandy/clay soils. The wine is vinified separately by varietal with about a third cold soaked for 3 days to extract color, the tank raised Anjou La Cerisaie is a vibrant and delivers pure Loire character with violets, spice, leather and a bit of earthy green pepper. The palate is vigorous and medium/full with a hint of raw tannin, but everything flows beautiful and the mouth feel is more luxurious than you’d expect for a wine of this price, I had to check my notes a couple of times to be sure I was on the correct wine, this is impressive stuff, and Guegniard’s Chenin and Cremant de Loire Brut were wonderful efforts too. The red berry, plum and dark currant fruits linger on in this Anjou Rouge with hints of loamy/stoney earth, tobacco leaf and tart huckleberry adding complexity. Drink this stylish effort over the next 3 to 5 years, imported by Martine’s Wines, this well priced and packaged label is one to search out.
($18 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

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