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

January 26th, 2009 by Jeff

Price: ~$16


Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley in France.


Milk chocolate, blueberry, and leather on the nose.


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.


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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