We drink most of our wine with meals. Food and wine can create delicious combinations, and there’s no shortage of pages penned in search of the perfect pairing. Food-wine matches don’t have to be precise, though, and often we choose to import a wine because its versatility.
We’ve always found the Loire Valley to be a good source for versatile wines, where the winemakers aim for “lighter, more drinkable, less tiring wines,” as wine writer Eric Pfanner recently noted. Today we’re highlighting a pure, clean Cabernet Franc we discovered in the Loire Valley countryside.
The tiny Domaine Joulin sells most of its wines to local families and restaurants in the Saumur-Champigny region. We loved their old vine cuvée, called Mon Clos, which showed beautiful balance of black pepper, burnt wood, and dark berry fruits. This is unquestionably a wine to serve with food, and we can see a bottle of Mon Clos adding to an abundance of dishes on your dinner table.
JOULIN SAUMUR-CHAMPIGNY 2010
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