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2011 Clau De Nell Cuvee VioletteBlend from France

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"Very Bordeaux-like offering that also has terrific aging potential. The Cabernet Franc offers up the plush and polished mouthfeel, while the Cabernet Sauvignon gives it great ...

  • 92 Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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92

"The full-bodied 2011 Anjou Cabernet Franc Cuvée Violette is from the same soils as the regular Anjou but more powerful, sweet and concentrated and – with enough aeration – also more floral. This is a rich, noble, well-manufactured jewel of Cabernet Franc combining clarity, freshness and finesse with intensity and power. I’d put it rather in a luxury Bordeaux, Right Bank context compared with the regular Cabernet Franc, but this is no argument against this wine which reveals floral and spicy scented flavors of dark berries, black chocolate and marzipan on the nose and is fleshy, fruit-intense and well balanced on the palate. Structured by firm tannins, this is rather a winter wine and should be a good match with braised meat. In any case, I would recommend to give it another couple of years of bottle age."

Product Description:

"Very Bordeaux-like offering that also has terrific aging potential. The Cabernet Franc offers up the plush and polished mouthfeel, while the Cabernet Sauvignon gives it great structure and backbone, plus great secondary character as well. This will easily last 10+ years."

Product Detail

Item # 77279
Country France
Region Loire
Sub-Region Anjou
Ratings

92 - Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2011
Color Red
ABV 14.0%
Varietal(s) Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper, green bean, currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak and vanilla
Nose tobacco, broccoli, berry, flower, currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar and cigar box