2006 Chateau de Felses Cabernet Franc Vieilles Vignes Loire Valley France (Bernard Germain)
Suggested retail price $11 - $14
Imported by Frederick Wildman & Sons in NYC
In this economy and with a worldwide crisis going on, it is important for customers to be able to rely on good but inexpensive wines, and Chateau de Felses is one of these reliable brands that will always give you enough complexity and interest for the money.
The past 3 vintages have been exceptionally consistent, and this 2006 is no exception to the rule.
Crafted by the now renown owner and producer Bernard Germain, with 100% Cabernet Franc, Chateau de Fesles Cabernet Franc Vieilles Vignes is a fine expression of what ripe and well trained Cabernet Sauvignon can achieved. Round, supple and elegant with a bright acidity, crisp red berries flavors and some very integrated tannins, this wine is a delight on its own yet it will complement pleasantly paté, cold roast beef, game and poultry, as well as soft cheeses.
The 2004 vintage was somewhat restrain and a bit tight but still enjoyable. The 2005, due to a riper vintage, offered more fruit and linger on the finish with more corpulence. The 2006 vintage is a juicier version of the past two, with brighter fruit then the 2005 and more integrated tannins than the 2004, somewhat less austere.
In my opinion, Chateau de Fesles Cabernet Franc Vieilles Vignes is a real value from the Anjou region and people should pay a bit more attention to it. Cabernet Franc lovers should keep Bernard Germain and Chateau de Fesles as an excellent reference to Loire Valley red wine. definitely a recommended buy.
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For more info go to their website: www.en.fesles.com