Source: Dallas Morning News
January 23, 2013
By Rebecca Murphy
Cabernet franc is mostly used as a blending grape, but in Chinon in the Loire Valley of central France, franc is the star of the show. The Cuvée Terroir is what the winery calls one of their precocious cuvées, meant to be consumed young. It’s very approachable without being simple, with layers of savory black cherry, cassis, tobacco, violet and dusty minerals. It’s smooth and medium bodied with tangy acidity, and it finishes with fine-grain tannins. Try it with a roasted pork tenderloin.
The Joguet family owned vineyards in some of the best sites for high-quality wine around the village of Chinon. They sold those grapes to negoçiants (wine dealers who bought grapes from many growers and made and sold wines under their labels) until Charles Joguet gave up an art career to take over the domain in 1957. He started making wine under his label, a revolutionary decision at the time. Today, the winery is in the hands of Jacques Genet, a former partner of Joguet.