2017 Laroque, Cabernet Franc, Cité de Carcassonne, France
£10.75 £9.25 per bottle
It was rather exciting to find a red partner for Parcelles, and it is a rather curious ‘jigsaw’ piece, given that the Chardonnay is a Loire wine and Laroque uses the Loire’s star red grape Cab Franc in its make-up. The reason this wine is such a success, though, is that is doesn’t come from the Loire, but from a far warmer clime, down south, near the medieval city of Carcassonne. Here the grapes ripen fully and the blackberry and herb notes are juicy and mouth-filling, while not losing any of Cab Franc’s trademark, refreshing acidity. This is a stellar quality, inexpensive red hero! It is simply staggering just how accurate and rewarding a seemingly simple wine like this can be.
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