2006 Clos Roche Blanche Touraine Cabernet (France, Loire Valley, Touraine)

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Cabernet Sauvignon, France, Loire Valley, Red Wine, Touraine


Dark ruby color with purple hue. Superb, rustic nose of violets, roses, raspberry, smokey meats, and black currants. Extremely smooth, chocolaty texture and silky, rich mouthfeel. Shows a tiny bit of minerality on the mid-palate, but is definitely not tight. If anything, this is entirely open for business. Nice berry, earth, smoked meat, and tobacco flavors lead into a medium length finish. What a great wine…especially taking into account the ridiculously affordable price. I also would like to mention that this reminds me just a little of a young Pesquera in its rusticity and funkiness. A winner. Only thing to take note of is that this will not make old bones in my opinion. It’s drinking well right now with low tannin levels that are already integrated in the beautiful balance of this wine, plus, this has a plastic cork.

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3 thoughts on “2006 Clos Roche Blanche Touraine Cabernet (France, Loire Valley, Touraine)”

  1. Lyle, the Cot is made with Auxerrois from Cahors, essentially Malbec. Old style Cahors wines are tannic monsters that need decades to age. It’s no surprise the Cot from ’89 is incredible, it’s a grape that’s meant to age and it’s from a great year in Loire Valley.Steffen, I believe the Cabernet is a blend of Cab Sauv and Cab Franc, leaving me to believe you are correct that peak drinking will be sooner rather than later as typical Loire Cab Franc is more early drinking.

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