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, unmarred by the intrusion of oak--which he hasn't used in production since 1986. He was also the first producer in the appellation to begin domaine bottling. The Vieilles Vignes, from a single plot of Cabernet Franc planted in 1934, is prized for its power, depth and grace.
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By: Alex Schroeder
K&L Staff Member
If you take a moment to consider exactly what you are getting here for under $30, it truly is mind boggling. A wine made by an established master of Cabernet Franc in the ancient Loire Valley, from old vines planted in 1934, already aged for nearly 20 years. This is a regal treat at peasant pricing. The bouquet is explosive with fresh aromas of cherries, red currants, minty herbs and cranberries. The structure is still rock solid with a strong acid line and perfect tannin texture that develops smoothly and evenly across the palate. This is one value any Loire valley enthusiasts or explorers should definitely know about.
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