Château de Minière – 14 shades of cabernet franc. Reds.

Last week I wrote about rosé wines and wines with natural CO2 (pétillant naturel) made in Château de Minière – the article is available here. Now it is time for their reds.

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Three vintages of Rouge de Miniere

The first wines that I tasted were the unoaked entry level wines: three vintages of Rouge de Minière and one Chevalier de Minière.

Rouge de Minière Cabernet Franc 2013 has a deep red colour and a medium intense aroma which consists of red currant and spices. In the mouth the wine is dry and full with some acidity and ripe tannins. Alcohol is almost imperceptible but black and red currant and cherry are clearly on the palate. The finish is medium length with tannin and a piercing flavour of currants. This is a simple but pleasant wine for every day drinking.

Producer: Château de Minière / Vintage: 2013 / Type and style: still; dry red / Country: France / Region: Loire Valley, Touraine / Appellation: AOC Bourgueil / Alcohol: 12% vol. / Grape varieties: 100% Cabernet Franc / Serving Temperature: 16-18°C / Goes well with: spicy rice noodles baked in the oven with vegetables / Cellaring: max 2-3 years / Tasting date: 20140718 / Price: about 12 Eur / Other: hand harvesting, organic farming; production in stainless steel – wine hasn’t been aged in barrels —

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Rouge de Miniere 2013

Rouge de Minière Cabernet Franc 2012 although this wine is older than previous one, it is darker and deeper in colour. The bouquet is intense, full of black currants, blackberries and green pepper. The balance in this wine is better than in the 2013 vintage. The wine has medium level of acidity and the tannins are prominent but they are riper than the 2013. I think it’s a good time to open this bottle.

Producer: Château de Minière / Vintage: 2012 / Type and style: still; dry red / Country: France / Region: Loire Valley, Touraine / Appellation: AOC Bourgueil / Alcohol: 12% vol. / Grape varieties: 100% Cabernet Franc / Serving Temperature: 16-18°C / Goes well with: spicy rice noodles baked in the oven with vegetables / Cellaring: 1-2 years / Tasting date: 20140718 / Price: about 12 Eur / Other: hand harvesting, organic farming; production in stainless steel – wine hasn’t been aged in barrels; two awards: (1) Reussites 2012, (2) Revue du Vin de France —

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Rouge de Miniere 2012

 Rouge de Minière Cabernet Franc 2009 has a red brick colour and a light beautiful perfumed nose. Again there is this floral note of fuchsia mixed with cherry and herbs. I love the aroma of this wine. The mouth is quite acidic, medium body with a some perceptible alcohol. Tannins are showing but balanced. On the finish the wine has a peppery flavour. I think it is an interesting wine even if I prefer the aroma to the taste. On the other hand it is only entry level of this producer so I think this 5-year old wine is great. I think both the vintages 2012 and 2013 will not develop like the 2009, because the difference between younger wines and the older one is too big – I think the winemaker slightly changed the style of wine.

Producer: Château de Minière / Vintage: 2009 / Type and style: still; dry red / Country: France / Region: Loire Valley, Touraine / Appellation: AOC Bourgueil / Alcohol: 13,5% vol. / Grape varieties: 100% Cabernet Franc / Serving Temperature: 16-18°C / Goes well with: rice with zucchini, ricotta cheese and lemon zest baked in the oven with tomatoes / Cellaring: 1-2 years, but it is very good now / Tasting date: 20140718 / Price: about 12 Eur / Other: hand harvesting, organic farming; production in stainless steel – wine hasn’t been aged in a barrels; about 30 years old vines —

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Rouge de Miniere 2009

Chevalier de Minière Cabernet Franc 2012 has a medium red colour. The aroma is a little strange apart from a delicate note of blackberry and licorice in the background I could smell the horses or stable which I don’t find attractive (maybe that’s why it is called chevalier :p). On the palate the wine is tannic, not balanced with medium body and a hint of black fruits. The wine is simple and has a short finish but the tannins are too overpowering for me. I definitely prefer the Rouge wines to the Chevalier one.

Producer: Château de Minière / Vintage: 2012 / Type and style: still; dry red / Country: France / Region: Loire Valley, Touraine / Appellation: AOC Bourgueil / Alcohol: 12% vol. / Grape varieties: 100% Cabernet Franc / Serving Temperature: 16-18°C Cellaring: 1-2 years, but it is very good now / Tasting date: 20140718 / Price: about 12 Eur / Other: machine harvesting, organic farming; production in stainless steel – wine hasn’t been aged in a barrels —

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Chevalier de Miniere 2012

 

Now it is the time for the producer’s higher quality wine. I have tasted three vintages of this wine and the 2010 pleased my palate the most.

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Three vintages of Chateau de Miniere

Château de Minière 2011 has a deep red colour with slightly visible legs and a bit of sediment. The smell is amazing – very intense, a little earthy with some wood and spices; and once again there is a freesia aroma which I adore a lot! On the palate the wine is dry with high acidity and medium body. Alcohol is hidden under barrel flavours and the blackberry, blueberry fruit; tannins are pronounced but not aggressive. Long finish with spice, a pleasant red berry and a hint of tingling acidity on the tongue.

Producer: Château de Minière / Vintage: 2011 / Type and style: still; dry red / Country: France / Region: Loire Valley, Touraine / Appellation: AOC Bourgueil / Alcohol: 13% vol. / Grape varieties: 100% Cabernet Franc / Serving Temperature: 16-18°C + decant the wine 1-2 hours before serving / Goes (matches?) well with: vegetables (yellow, green and red pepper, aubergine, zuchinni) with mushrooms and Asian spicy sauce / Cellaring: 3-5 years / Tasting date: 20140718 / Price: about 15 Eur / Other: hand harvesting, organic farming; 40-50 years old vines; part of the wines was aged in 2- and 3-years old barrels for 18 months —

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Chateau de Miniere 2011

Château de Minière 2010 has got an exclamation mark :) The wine colour is deep crimson. The nose is complex, black fruits, a hint of wood, vanilla and earth with a pleasant herbal note. In the mouth the wine is dry with a good structure and generous acidity. The wine is balanced. Tannins are textured but mature and pleasant; long finish with a slight hint of wood and lots of spices. The wine itself cannot be loved by everyone (for me it was ok), but with the food it will be great.

Producer: Château de Minière / Vintage: 2010 / Type and style: still; dry red / Country: France / Region: Loire Valley, Touraine / Appellation: AOC Bourgueil / Alcohol: 13,5% vol. / Grape varieties: 100% Cabernet Franc / Serving Temperature: 16-18°C + decant the wine 1-2 hours before serving / Goes well with: tomatoes and red paprika stuffed with dill rice / Cellaring: 3-4 years / Tasting date: 20140718 / Price: about 15 Eur / Other: hand harvesting, organic farming; 40-50 years old vines; part of the wines was aged in 2- and 3-years old barrels for 18 months —

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Chateau de Miniere 2010

Château de Minière 2009 is slowly gaining shades of red brick. Again there is a little bit of freesia flowers which appeared in the previous wines, but here they are more subtle. The aroma of freesia, a bit of black fruit and the wood work well together. In the mouth Château de Minière 2009 is silky with lots of very ripe tannins and a medium level of acidity. In the mouth it is not very complex but it is worth a try for beautiful woody and earthy accents.

Producer: Château de Minière / Vintage: 2009 / Type and style: still; dry red / Country: France / Region: Loire Valley, Touraine / Appellation: AOC Bourgueil / Alcohol: 13,5% vol. / Grape varieties: 100% Cabernet Franc / Serving Temperature: 16-18°C / Goes well with: courgettes baked in the oven with tomatoes and parmesan / Cellaring: drink now / Tasting date: 20140718 / Price: about 15 Eur / Other: hand harvesting, organic farming; 40-50 years old vines; part of the wines was aged in 2- and 3-years old barrels for 18 months —

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Chateau de Miniere 2009

 

 

Now the tasting notes for three vintages of the top wine from the Chateau made from more than 100 year old vines.WineLady_VignesCentenairesDeMiniere

Three vintages of Vignes Centenaires de Miniere

Vignes Centenaires de Minière 2011 has a beautiful color – ruby on the edges and deep black in the middle of the glass. The aroma is irresistible – violets and freesia wrapped with hints of blackberry and blueberry. On the palate the wine is dry and full body with high levels of acidity but the alcohol and tannins stand out. However lots of blueberries and blackberries with a hint of coffee are lying in the background. This is a very interesting, concentrated and well balanced wine with a long spicy finish.

Producer: Château de Minière / Vintage: 2011 / Type and style: still; dry red / Country: France / Region: Loire Valley, Touraine / Appellation: AOC Bourgueil / Alcohol: 13% vol. / Grape varieties: 100% Cabernet Franc / Serving Temperature: 16-18°C + decant the wine 1-2 hours before serving / Goes well with: vegetables stuffed with rice and mashrooms / Cellaring: 4-5 years / Tasting date: 20140718 / Price: about 20 Eur / Other: hand harvesting, organic farming; about 100 years old vines; 18 months in the barrel (30% of wine in new barrels) —

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Vignes Centenaires de Miniere 2011

Vignes Centenaires de Minière 2010 is similar in style to the previous vintage – black core and dark red at the edge. The smell is less intense than in the previous wine but still very clear with less fruit, a pleasant aroma of toasty oak and coffee. On the palate it is fuller and the tannins and alcohol are balanced. The fruit has almost disappeared but there is a hint of black currant with a beautiful oak flavours and plenty of spices.

Producer: Château de Minière / Vintage: 2010 / Type and style: still; dry red / Country: France / Region: Loire Valley, Touraine / Appellation: AOC Bourgueil / Alcohol: 13% vol. / Grape varieties: 100% Cabernet Franc / Serving Temperature: 16-18°C + decant the wine 1-2 hours before serving / Goes well with: pasta with obergine and heavy dark sauce / Cellaring: 3-5 years / Tasting date: 20140718 / Price: about 20 Eur / Other: hand harvesting, organic farming; about 100 years old vines; 24 months in the barrel (30% of wine in new barrels) —

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Vignes Centenaires de Miniere 2010

Vignes Centenaires de Minière 2009 differs from its younger relatives – the color is black and dark red, deep and concentrated. The aroma is heavier, more earthy with a hint of forest mushrooms and some oak in the background. In the mouth there is high level of acidity, medium body and some spices. The tannins are noticeable after a while and start to be dry. It is very interesting wine, which is good to try as it is 5 years old. A good quality pure cabernet franc.

Producer: Château de Minière / Vintage: 2009 / Type and style: still; dry red / Country: France / Region: Loire Valley, Touraine / Appellation: AOC Bourgueil / Alcohol: 13,5% vol. / Grape varieties: 100% Cabernet Franc / Serving Temperature: 16-18°C + decant the wine 1-2 hours before serving / Goes well with: grilled courgette with olive oil and garlic / Cellaring: 2-3 years, but it is very good now / Tasting date: 20140718 / Price: about 20 Eur / Other: hand harvesting, organic farming; about 100 years old vines; 24 months in the barrel (30% of wine in new barrels) —

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Vignes Centenaires de Miniere 2009

 

In my previous article I mentioned that I had no chance to talk with the owners of the Château de Minière and that I wish to learn more about the history of the family and chateau itself. Shortly after I published my last post I received an invitation to visit the chateau from Chateau de Miniere, so I look forward to my next trip to the Loire Valley and I will certainly pay a visit. Thank you very much! You will find more about Château de Minière and their wine-tourism offers here: www.chateaudeminiere.fr.

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  • mark hoddy

    great article! I have tasted these wines too and I agree with your tasting notes

    • Wine Lady

      :) Thank you!