2005 Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon Clos des Capucins (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)

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Cabernet Franc, Chinon, France, Loire Valley, Red Wine, Touraine

Not nearly as serious and age-worthy as the Breton Perrieres I drank a couple of days prior, but no less an exciting wine. Amazingly soft and balanced for such a young wine, this shows terrific, suave fruit and acid melted together into one fine wine with superb finesse and elegance. Does not have the brawn and power of the Breton Perrieres, but it’s a “prettier” wine that deserves its place in my cellar. I imagine that since it’s drinkable already, it’ll last for 5-10 more years, but I don’t think I’d age it beyond that. Will pair better with poultry, foul, and game, while the Breton is more of a steak wine. Highly recommended.

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