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Wine of the Week: Clos des Cordeliers Saumur Champigny 2009

May 17th, 2011

For over three centuries, Le Clos des Cordeliers has been among the most celebrated vineyards in the Saumur area. References to the cultivation of vines at the domain date back to the early 17th century. But it was the Cordeliers de Saumur, the Franciscan monks that acquired the estate in 1696, who gave the place its name and fame. Over the ensuing century, they established the ‘clos’ – the wall-enclosed vineyard – and produced wine that became coveted throughout the region.

Originating from vines planted on clay and chalk (tuffeau) soil, this wine offers the distinctive character of Cabernet Franc: deep and bright ruby color, fine aromas of red fruits (red current, cherry) and floral subtleties (violet, iris), fine and velvety tannin, with a fresh and balanced finish.

Best served below room temperature (14 to 16º C), Clos des Cordeliers Cuvée Tradition is at its prime when young and is the perfect companion for cold meats, roasted meats, grilled fish and cheese.