The $10,000 Cellar, Part Three

Topping off the cellar with Cabernet-based wines


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Clos Rougeard

Since we’ve been on a bit of a Cabernet kick here and I didn’t find a really representative example of Cabernet Franc in Bordeaux, how about the world’s best Cabernet Franc? Yes, this stunning example from the Loire Valley is arguably the world’s finest Cabernet Franc.

In classic Loire Valley style, Clos Rougeard is generally red-fruited and rich though still medium bodied. This is Cabernet Franc in all its glory, which means the aforementioned red fruits but also bits of tobacco, tomato leaf and mint. Then again, this is the Loire Valley, so add in tense acids, fine grained tannins and a fine mineral bed. All of that and brilliant wine making for about $80, you’re not going to find anything like this anywhere else in the world.

Clos Rougeard Saumur Rouge $80

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    Apr 18, 2012 at 4:23 PM

  • Snooth User: wine o200
    108738 14

    Just trying a Tardieu Laurent 1997 Bandol at the moment, yes rustic, but those tannins are fine and dusty now. Should go with the lamb strips, capsicum , tomato, caramellised onion and bonconcini, or perhaps one of your right bank Bordeaux might fit the bill.

    Apr 20, 2012 at 9:09 AM

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