2020 Baudry Dutour 'Le Pin' Chinon
Region: Chinon < Loire Valley < France
Grapes: Cabernet Franc
Vineyard/Cellar stats: Certified organic farming; local “tuffeau jaune” soils composed of sand and tiny extinct marine fossils; bottled unfined/unfiltered with minimal added So2; 13% ABV
Winemaker: Jean Martin DutourMove over Cabernet Sauvignon, the noble variety of Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley is the true king (and interesting fact, the daddy of Cab Sauv - mom is Sauv Blanc). A well-made Loire Cab Franc is fine, elegant, firmly structured, and just plays so nicely with food. Something about the elegant texture and savory flavors seem to lift even things as simple as a piece of salmon or taco Tuesday to a whole other level. The acidity in the wines cut the fattiness of meat, and the flavor of the meat brings out the fruit in the wines. Think about it - meat dishes are big and rich, so how do you best frame that flavor? With more big and rich? That is like drinking a milkshake with pudding -- just too much. What is needed, and more balanced, is a wine that is streamlined, refreshing, and has enough acidity (not tannin) to lift that richness right off your palate, leaving you ready for another bite.