`This is a 100% Cabernet Franc froma Co-Op in Saumur. An inexpensive red, it is an excellent value. Inky purple in color. The nose is light but has cherries, plums, green bell pepper and a bit of a steely note. Medium bodied. On the palate, there is more present. Plums and cherries with a bit of a green streak. Light tannins. With air the red fruits come out more. Moderate finish. This probably won't get better but should drink well for five to seven years. It is better with a bit of food. Stews or Chili would work well. For $13, its hard to expect more from a red.
This is a Chenin Blanc from the central part of the Loire Valley. Medium "olde" gold in color with just a touch of copper. The nose is very nice with lots of minerals, a bit of salinity and some orange peel. On the palate, this is dry. Nice citrus with some orange pith and underlying minerality. Slightly tart on the finish. A lovely, slightly oily texture. Chenin ages very well and this is still drinking well.
This is from a region typically more known for their whites. The owner of this winery is the son and nephew of the owners of Clos Rougeard, a "cult" wine in the Loire Valley. This is Cabernet Franc from old vines. It is a very nice wine. Purple/ruby in color. The nose has a slight barnyard with cherries, black licorice and slight hay quality. On the palate, concentrated cherries. Nice layering as this unwinds in the glass. It has a soft texture but at the some time intense. Long finish. Certainly not over ripe, this wine will work better with food. It would be interesting to try