Alliance Loire Saumur Champigny Lieu Dit Les Poyeux 2005, Loire Valley
Wine Spectator rates it 90, while Wine Enthusiast gives it 87, noting “a severe core of tannins” last April. The tannins are a minor issue now. One of the better expressions of cabernet franc I’ve tasted, with a fine textural sheen and a gentle yet rich nose of black raspberry, red pepper, vanilla and fresh wood. Medium-full and warm, with a dry, dusty, tannic finish. Very good to excellent length. Best 2010 to 2013.