CHÂTEAU DU PETIT THOUARS 2010 TOURAINE AOC FRANCE
LCBO PRICE $14,95
To a non-wine drinker, what I am about to say would simply be incomprehensible... But if you are reading this, chances are you will understand: This 100% Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley brought me to my knees!
I must confess to having a very soft spot for both the varietal and the wine region. It is a must-try whenever I come across this combination so I must also apologize if you are an Ontario resident, as I have purchased every single last bottle of this wine in the province.
Le Château du Petit Thouars has been family owned since 1634. It is located in St-Germain-sur-Vienne, just a 15 minute drive outside the Chinon AOC. Past vintages have been produced under the Touraine AOC but since borders have been amended, starting with the 2014 vintage, Château du Petit Thouars will now be produced under the Chinon AOC.
One of the many Châteaux of the Loire Valley, aka "Le Jardin de la France" (Garden of France), this white Château (oui, a castle!) is made from Tuffeau, a marine sedimentary rock (chalky limestone) found in the soils of this region which coincidentally is also ideal to grow the Cabernet Franc varietal. The Château sits on 15 hectares of Cabernet Franc vines that have been replanted from 1975 to 1988 and also 1 hectare of Chenin Blanc planted in 2010-2011 whose first harvest was in 2013.
Since 2007 their winemaker has been Michel Pinard. He was Chinon's Charles Joguet's right hand man for over 10 years after a stint at Château Ausone in St-Émillion. The man knows his Cabernet Franc! He crafts white, red, rosé, still and sparkling wines... And, OUI! Please, please, please! Send it all my way ASAP, s'il-vous-plaît!
Here are my notes on the beautiful 2010 vintage:
Clear, bright dark ruby color, almost opaque in the center and fleshy legs in the glass.
Eloquent aromas of ripe black cherries, raspberries and black plums, sun kissed green bell peppers, hint of smoky wood fire wrapped in Mexican vanilla in the nose.
Dry, vibrant, wonderful symmetry between acidity and tannins, fruit found in the nose has evolved, matured and now unites with a lovely smokiness in the mouth.
This wine is exquisitely crafted. Care, passion, finesse and attention to detail can definitely be tasted.
So, what have I been serving it with? In truth, I have tried it with several "autumnal" dishes; roasts, braised meats, mushroomy casseroles... And I have yet to find a dish that this wine hasn't enhanced!
My song of choice while sipping on this beauty? Something slow and sexy, Hindi Zahra's Dream