Grafted vs Ungrafted Cabernet Franc

Tasted February 16, 2016 by AV2012 with 290 views

Flight 1 (2 notes)

Red
2005 Charles Joguet Chinon Les Varennes du Grand Clos France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon
91 points
Greener, more pungent nose than FdP bottling. Light red fruits, a bit of barnyard (FdP had none), long finish. Quite round and harmonic. Seemed to be more edgy and green but also more concentrated than FdP.
Red
2005 Charles Joguet Chinon Franc de Pied Les Varennes du Grand Clos France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon
91 points
More juicy and with a harsher tannin than grafted version. More intense nose of red currants, pencil shavings and propane. With time gets broader and more silky. A bit dirty, Jura red feel to it. Overall seems softer and more elegant than grafted version. Juicy, fruity style, but with excellent balance, not overdone.

Flight 2 (2 notes)

Red
2011 Domaine des Roches Neuves Saumur-Champigny France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur-Champigny
86 points
Young, fresh, juicy, lively, mild fruitiness, super friendly. A perfect summer wine, borderline diluted, but would be perfect for a warm summer evening.
Red
2011 Domaine des Roches Neuves Saumur-Champigny Franc de Pied France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur-Champigny
84 points
Spritzy, almost petillant feeling to it, quite puzzling. Strongly reminded me of some Jura reds with their dirty red currant nose and light body. Peculiar, not sure if the bottle is representative.

Flight 3 (2 notes)

Red
2005 Domaine du Collier Saumur La Ripaille France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur
90 points
High pitched (some VA), spicy, banyard and red currant nose as well as rhubarb and strawberries. Powerful and ripe fruits, but a bit of a brute.
Red
2005 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Franc de Pied France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon
93 points
Very rich, dense and multilayered. Herbal note (dill and physalis), high pitched florals, also some soap. A pleasant spicy note on the palate, seems hot and powerful, but well balanced and the alcohol bite doesn't seem obtrusive. Still lots of potential, I wonder how it will taste after 2-3 years. WOTN for me and everybody at the table. (92+)
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