2013TuVinPlusAuxSoirees2013 Fabien Jouves, Vin de France, Tu Vin Plus Aux Soirees, Cahors, France.
Fabien Jouves is a rising talent in the ancient Cahors region of France, he makes the award winning Mas Del Perie wines and now is also trying his hand at unique offerings like this fresh and delightful Tu Vin Plus Aux Soirees red, it is a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Malbec, all from Cahors, fermented with some natural canonic maceration and his artisan touch, the result is a fruit forward fun 12% Alcohol, unfined/unfiltered wine that because it defies regional norms must be called Vin de France rather than Cahors and the vintage is left off the label. This fresh and vibrant red is very Gamay like with juicy red berries, plum and strawberry notes up front with spice, mineral and framboise notes too in this darkly hued, but friendly wine. While not terribly serious and with soft tannins this wine does impress and is just too damn good not to want to drink as much as possible, this lighthearted and playful wine with be a real hit at parties, picnics and perfect for summer afternoons, especially with a slight chill on it. Fabien’s wines are all impeccably hand crafted and clear, you should definitely check out his latest Mas Del Perie Cahors 100% Malbec, an absolute stunner and a super value at under $20, and for something for pure easy drinking this Tu Vin Plus Aux Soirees is a great choice, perfect for cheering France on in the World Cup, Viva la Vin de France!
($18 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

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