We’re drinking an old friend today (metaphorically speaking!) - a 2017 L’Orangeraie Cabernet Franc, from the Languedoc:
The 2016 was one of the first wines I bought when I joined the Society, based on recommendation from this lovely community - so we got a soft spot for it. For under a tenner, it’s still one of the other half’s most ‘cuddly’ Cab Franc wines, and despite lacking a little in the floral department, it is generous in fruit and texture.
Tobacco, fresh soil, mulberry and black cherries on the nose, as well as some jalapeño. Delicious and quaffable, this has bramble and cherries flavour, with lively acidity and very mellow tannins. Despite being 14% ABV (the 2016 had 12.5% ABV!), there is nothing out of kilter here. Not a Loire copy - this is its own thing, and we love it.
Should go nicely with some Mexican fajitas! We hope.