2015 Joël Taluau "Expression" Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil SKU #1275758


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Tasting Notes

Joël Taluau is a fabulous grower in St-Nicolas de Bourgueil known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire, which are unmarred by the intrusion of oak. He was also the first producer in the appellation to begin domaine bottling. These days, Joel makes wines with the help of his son-in-law, Thierry Foltzenlogel. Their "Expression" comes from vines up to 35 years old, planted on a hillside with clay and limestone. The terroir is perfect for a youthful expression of Cabernet Franc that's immediately drinkable and fresh, with vibrant violet and white pepper notes to complement the red fruit.

Staff Reviews

  • Lilia McIntosh
    By: Lilia McIntosh
    K&L Staff Member
    This is great expression of young Cabernet Franc. It’s fruit-forward cherry-scented with touch of black peppercorns. Thanks to great conditions of 2015 vintage this wine has lovely concentration of black currants and sweet Bing cherries with low tannins and just a touch of minerality.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    If you like red wine with crunchy fruit, low tannin and great acidity for your mid-week meals, the Expression Saint Nicolas De Bourgueil from Joel Taluau should be at the top of your list to try. These wines go so well with simple grilled fair or even picnic food. The 2015 vintage ripeness has made this into a real crowd pleasing choice!
    Top Value!
  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    Earthy and green with all the herbaceousness I love from Cab Franc, the 2015 L’Expression shows surprisingly rich fruit through the palate, especially for typically lighter-bodied Bourgueil, and a softer finish, with hints of violet and pepper throughout. Another lovely, interesting Taluau release at a great price.


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