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Drinking Cabernet Franc and Assorted Bordeaux Varietals in Nebraska


Despite the large number of wines we tasted from Iowa, Nebraska, and Illinois we also tasted a large number of French wines.  Julie and Aaron have diverse palates so we brought along some of our favorite wines.  As I had never tasted a wine from Bernard Baudry (shock!) I thought it would be fun to pair it with the Breton, Beaumont.  In my post The Arresting 2010 Breton, Beaumont, Chinon I raved over this wine.  This bottle seemed to close up with air while the Baudry quickly opening up to be the more approachable of the two.  The Baudry was quite enjoyable.  I think you should buy both so you can drink the Baudry while the Breton ages.  The Locations, F1 is a big French wine which may please the crowds.  It was a bit too much for my preferences but I certainly did not mind knocking back a glass while chatting on the porch.  The Breton and Baudry was purchased at MacArthur Beverages.  The Locations was purchased at Meier’s Cork & Bottle.

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2010 Catherine & Pierre Breton, Beaumont, Chinon – $22
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc sourced from 40-year-old vines on soils of clay and limestone.  It was both fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged for one year in wooden vats and barriques.  Alcohol 12%.  The color was a medium grapey purple with ruby highlights.  The nose was beautiful.  In the mouth there were tart red fruit which mixed with citric tannins, firm red and black fruit, and acidity.  The wine became expansive in flavor and compelling to taste.  On the second night it was firmer and more shutdown with greenhouse notes.  ***(*) 2014-2019.

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2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry, “Domaine”,  Chinon – $22
Imported Louis/Dressner Selections.  This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc from 30-35 year old vines on soils of gravel and clay slopes.  It was fermented in cements vats then aged for 12 months in wooden vats and old barrels.  Alcohol 13%.  There was a light nose of earthy aromas and tobacco.  Good.  In the mouth there was a core of red and black tart fruit, very controlled ripeness, and good lipstick notes.  The flavors were expansive but light.  With air good flavors developed in the finish including vintage perfume.  This was the more open than the Breton with fine tannins, tart flavors, and some greenhouse notes developing on the second night.  *** Now – 2018.

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NV Locations by Dave Phinny, F1 – $17
Imported by Aveniu Brands.  This wine is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and assorted Bordeaux varietals which was aged for 10 months in barrel.  Alcohol 15%.  The light+ nose is full of ripe raspberry aromas.  In the mouth there was ripe, rich red fruit, spices, and a juicy personality.  It tastes like young fruit on steroids becoming warmer towards the finish with purple-black flavors.  ** Now-2015.

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