2015 Domaine de la Bergerie-Yves Guegniard, Anjou Rouge “La Cerisaie” Loire Valley, France.
A wonderfully textured Cabernet Franc with ripe density of fruit and varietal purity, this wine by Yves Guegniard at Domaine de la Bergerie is a steal, it’s hard to imagine how such a lovely wine could cost just $15! Over the last few vintages I’ve been hugely impressed with these offerings from Bergerie, imported by Martine’s Wines, especially their Cabernet Franc, but also Loire fans should really check out their Cremant d’Loire sparkling wine and their lighter and fresh Chenin Blanc, both in the same price range. Beautiful ruby/garnet hue in the glass leads to dark flowers, a mix of mineral, spice and minty elements lead to fairly rich, warm vintage, palate of blackberry, mulberry, racy cherry and dusty currant fruits in almost full bodied and serious wine that gives terroir character and focus with hints of sweet tobacco leaf, bell pepper and loamy/stones. A bright light of quality flows through this well structured Cabernet Franc that has presence and mouth feel, but remains refined and harmonious, this is a wine that shows vitality and length with a satiny opulence, it can be enjoyed even with a slight chill for great summer drinking and can be flexible enough for robust cuisine as well, drink over the next 3 to 5 years with ease, super now too.
($15 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

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