REVIEW: S.E. Balland Les Beaux Jours “Coteaux du Giennois” 2006

January 26th, 2009 by Jeff

Price: ~$16

Type/Region:

Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley in France.

Nose:

Milk chocolate, blueberry, and leather on the nose.

Palate:

Almost full bodied with a very pretty start of chalk, red fruit, bright acidity, and…as it moves through your mouth… an underlying topicality to the fruit.  I almost want to say chocolate covered banana.  Firm tannin throughout but the fruit and acidity keep them from dominating.  This is really well balanced.  Long, juicy tootsie roll finish.

Synopsis:

This is a really fun wine.  There is much to discover in it as it opens up, and I believe it would be pretty food friendly.  It seems to me that the maturity of the wine is rolling along pretty well, and as it’s a 2006, I don’t foresee this lasting forever.  Drink now through early 2011.

The Som Rating:  7/10 Scarlett Johansson Heads

The Som Rating: 7/10 Scarlett Johansson Heads

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