Loire reds from Waitrose and Stone, Vine and Sun
If the main characteristic of the Loire is wines of freshness and lightness, we might expect that to apply more successfully to white wines more than to reds.
And yet the Loire's light, fresh and distinctively appetising reds are a real hidden gem; these two are both Cabernet Franc.
La Croix de Chaintres, Saumur Champigny, 2012 (£11.99, Waitrose) vibrant purple, varietal raspberry, violets and pine wood with some spice; soft red berry and red cherry fruit with a savoury freshness and supple texture.
Focused, long and well structured; pleasantly assertive and persistent. Good.
Chateau de Putille, Anjou, 2011 (£10.25, Stone, Vine and Sun) aromas of red and black cherries; pencil shavings, red and black cherry fruit. Long freshness and savouriness with a deft, supple texture. Good.
Match both wines with rare tuna steak, paté or duck.
Provided for review.
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