2014 Domaine de la Noblaie "Le Temps des Cerises" Chinon SKU #1262084


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K&L Notes

This is produced all in stainless steel, solely from Cabernet Franc that is grown on a limestone slope. It has a rich ruby color and excellent structure. A nice fruity style of Chinon, this value-priced wine has a subtle peppery spice, ripe dark berries and a soft, chalky mineral character that really makes the fruity core come to life. There are rich tannins on the finish and a juicy freshness throughout. I swear to you that you can actually taste the glow of the summertime sun right in this bottle. Absolutely stellar while enjoying a burger right off the grill or even with a simple thin crust pizza. Just a pure, unadulterated wine meant to be enjoyed while moving along through the game life. (Eric Story, Loire Valley Wine Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    Don't spill! The decidedly purple hue of this wine is beautiful and deeply staining. The nose is loaded with peppercorn, earthy spice, and an hint of something sweet - like nutmeg perhaps. Layers of fruit unfold as you delve into the glass. Black and purple cassis and plums are wrapped up with flinty minerality. The whole package is carried by a very pleasant tannic structure and medium body. The wine is quite dry, but never austere. A great value for good Chinon.
    Top Value!
  • Mahon McGrath
    By: Mahon McGrath
    K&L Staff Member
    For all the times I’m asked whether I can recommend a low-fruit, drier red wine, here is one of your optimal options. I wouldn’t say there is no fruit—the wine isn’t austere—but it is playing a supporting role here. Smoky, grilled eggplant, black pepper, and cassis start things off on the nose before the wine segues into a dry, dusty, woodsy-spicy palate with slightly rustic but low-key tannins. So, if you want to kick the blowsy, juice-box tasting, red wines to the curb, cuddle up with this Chinon and find contentment!
  • Olivia Ragni
    By: Olivia Ragni
    K&L Staff Member
    While this wine may be deep purple in color, its bright acidity makes for a lighter red. A wide array of fruits show through, from cranberry, black cherry to blackberry. Some black pepper and a hint of rosemary and graphite leave you with a wonderful finish. This is a great little red that you can serve to anyone with confidence.
  • Eric Story
    By: Eric Story
    K&L Staff Member
    One of the cleanest purest versions of Cabernet Franc which truly defines what this varietal is all about. Spicy fruit layers with a bright middle core and integrated tannins on the finish which give it a nice finishing longevity. This wine is extremely undervalued at this price.


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