Wine Blogging Wednesday #44 French Cabernet Franc

Yes I know it is Tuesday, almost a week after WBW #44, but better late than never right. The reason for my tardiness on this post is due to my procrastination in ordering the WBW Three Pack from Domaine547.  It arrived Saturday afternoon (yay for Fedex shipping on Sat.) and we had it for dinner on Sunday night.



This months WBW was sponsored by Gary Vaynerchuk of WLTV fame who provided us with the theme of French Cabernet Franc.  The Cabernet Franc Jill at Domaine547 chose for us hails from the Saumur-Champigny appellation of the Loire Valley and was made by the winery, Chateau du Hureau.  Coming from vineyards comprised mostly of clay and limestone the 2005 Chateau du Hureau is comprised of 100% Cabernet Franc from vines ranging in age from 7 to 60 years.  The 2005 was fermented for 30 days and aged only in stainless steel tanks, where the wine underwent Malolactic Fermentation (MLF). This was my first wine from Saumur-Champigny and I think only the 3rd French Cabernet Franc (100%) that I have had, both the others being from Chinon, so I was very excited to try this one.


My Tasting Notes –

Nose – Red currant, barney/earthiness, smoke

Taste – Cranapple, raspberry, sweet basil, hazelnut, mushrooms

Mouthfeel – Medium body, leathery tannins – very dry

Finish – long and dry with the basil and raspberry flavors hanging on ‘til the end


Megan and I thoroughly enjoyed this wine, as it was a fabulous example of what Cab Franc can do. Very rich in flavor, but not overly extracted like some Cali versions (trying to be Cab Sauv), with a fuller body and not as many vegetal components (some are good) as some of the versions from here in Virginia.  Dominated by bright red fruit and nice fresh herbal notes with significant a tannin structure this wine may show best in another year or 2 or 3.  Two thumbs up to Jill and the D547 crew on this selection, I can’t wait to try the other 2 in the WBW blogger pack.



Categories: $30-$40, wine tasting | 3 Comments

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3 thoughts on “Wine Blogging Wednesday #44 French Cabernet Franc

  1. Ben S.

    Great to see a review of French cab franc, especially one from an appellation other than Chinon. What food did you have with the du Hureau (if any)? I found a Saumur Champigny by Dom. de Saint-Just around Richmond recently and it married very well with a sweet/savory pork stuffed with prunes dish. The Saint-Just had lots of black and red currant fruit, medium body but aggressive tannins. I also found graphite and green pepper notes. Again, good post. Cheers!

  2. So happy this finally arrived. I’d gotten two email notifications from FedEx that the delivery had been excepted…so PHEW!

    More so, I’m pleased this was a good experience. I’ll add a link to your site in my mini-roundup of d547 wines tasted during this WBW.

    Thanks as always, John!


  3. vcuspoon

    Hi Ben
    THanks for the comment. We had the Hureau with a homemade cassersole which is a cheesy goodness with fake ground beef, mushrooms, green and red peppers, onions, peas and cream of mushroom soup to hold it all together. THe wine paired very nicely with it.

    Hey Jill
    No worries, Fedex did try to deliver once but I wasn’t here to sign for it. I am just glad they deliver on Saturdays. Thanks again.


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