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Producer: René Noël Legrand
Region: Loire Valley
Wine: 2011 Saumur-Champigny La Chaintrée

2002 Saumur-Champigny, La Chaintrée, R. N. Legrand

            2002 is a truly great vintage where both reds and whites show marvelous complexity as well as excellent balance and delicious flavors.  This Cabernet Franc is produced from 45 year old vines, and the resulting wine has a dark purple/red color with intense berry and earth notes in the nose.  In the mouth it has sophisticated ripe tannins, excellent acidity and a wonderful array of earth, game and dark fruit flavors.  Still a baby, it will age for 10-15 years, but pour it in a carafe tonight, and watch it sing.

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