The Loire Valley is a large and diverse region, resulting in the wines made there being so diverse in grape and style. In the middle of the Loire, near Touraine, Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc are king and queen, respectively. Chinon and Bourgeil are regions well known for Cabernet Franc, while Vouvray and Savennieres are the most famous appellations for Chenin Blanc. Here Cabernet Franc, the father of Cabernet Sauvignon, shows itself often to be leaner, more rustic, and more herbaceous than its offspring. The Marcel Martin Chinon has a dark garnet color in the glass with an intense nose. It is fruity with spicy notes and plenty of chewy rhubarb, black cherry, and characteristic bell pepper, while maintaining freshness with bright acidity. A great food wine - begs for game and charcuterie.
Pairings: Rosemary and thyme roasted poultry, lean red meats, charcuterie, mushrooms, dried berries and cheddar