Monday, July 22, 2013

Vignoble Musset-Roullier 2009 Petit Clos La Philosophie du bel ouvrage

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The Loire Valley in France has some beautifully drinking reds. This Cabernet Franc from Anjou Villages is from a new favorite. Vingnoble (Vineyard) Musset-Roullier.

Petit Clos is a specially designated vineyard. “La Philosophie du bel ouvrage” roughly translates to the philosophy of fine craftsmanship. It’s something you can contemplate as you enjoy a glass of this French red.

In the glass this 100% Cab Franc is deep purple with earthy aromas. The wine opens with a bit of tannins, but then smoothes out with a medium to light body.

Wife and tasting partner Green Dragon can be turned off by the green pepper in some Cabernet Francs – there’s none to be found in this Loire Valley gem. Flavor notes include concentrated raspberry and flashes of clove spice. The finish is like a refreshing summer breeze.

I picked up this bottle online from Invino at $14.99. That’s another reason to love wines from Loire Valley. They are value priced, high in quality and don’t require cellaring for 10 years.

Buy into the “philosophie” of Musset-Roullier for a subtle and tasteful French experience.

Rating: 4 of 5  Value: 5 of 5

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