A versatile soft red winner from Loire

The Wine List: the retirement project to sample wine made from each of the main grape varieties featured in Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book.

IMGP5899Cabernet Franc

Domaine du Colombier 2012 Chinon, Indre-et-Loire, France

Alc Vol: 12.5%

HJ says: “Outperforms Cab Sauv in Loire, Hungary and often in Italy”

What it says on the label: “distinctively fruity taste and pleasant degree of acidity”

Food combination: “partners most meat dishes or cheese well and would enhance any picnic or barbecue”

Retired Bloke verdict: “We drank this at lunch on Christmas Eve with cold ham and an avocado salad. It was delicious and worked well with all of the flavours on the plate.”

One for the wine rack? Yes. It seems very versatile. The label recommends drinking it slightly chilled in the summer; I can see it would be a nice alternative to the usual dry whites. But suggesting it’s barbecue-friendly is possibly a claim too far.

It’s Not About The Wine: The commune of Chinon is the birthplace of writer, humanist, philosopher and satirist Francois Rabelais.



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