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2014 La Source du Ruault "Clos de la Côte" Saumur-Champigny Rouge (Previously $40) SKU #1424125

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Tasting Notes

"I first met vigneron Jean-Noël Millon while attending an organic wine fair in the South of France. The wines were impressive, so we arranged to meet on my trip through the Loire a couple of months later. A visit to the winery led to a trip through the ancient cellar, which had been carved from the chalky stone below (known as tuffeau) two centuries before. As we progressed from chamber to chamber, it began to feel more like a spelunking expedition. Ancient coins were pressed into the walls by past workers, the old wine press was still intact, even the old pulley system for transporting barrels and equipment to the surface was evident, though replaced by a slightly more modern conveyance." (Keith Mabry, K&L French Regional buyer) La Source du Ruault's single vineyard Clos de la Côte is on the serious side of Cabernet Franc. From a small plot of 50-year-old vines on clay and turonian limestone soils, the wine is aged in half new, half 1-year barrels. Farming is organic since 2007. The wine has deep, structured smokiness to go along side black cherry and dark berry fruits and anise. It's capable of aging gracefully for a number of years.

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Staff Reviews

  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    I am in general a big fan of Cabernet Franc, and this wine is one of the best recent bottles I've had. Source du Ruault is both organic and biodynamic, and the wines require a bit of patience. Thankfully for us, we've been able to source this older vintage to enjoy. At five years past harvest date, it's drinking beautifully. The stunning fruit is surprisingly generous for a Cabernet Franc, showing blackberry and red currant. It counters the bold structure of the wine quite well, and is accompanied by a whole slew of savory components: black olive, mushroom, cigar box and forest floor. As this wine continues to age you'll find even more elements coming into play, but it's already drinking beautifully.


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