Chateau du Hureau, Tuffe, Saumur Champigny


Delicious Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley. Sounds like a match made in gastronomic heaven, and it is. This savoury, balanced wine has dark fruit flavours and a bright, mouth-watering palate. From the famous Hureau Chateau on the Loire, famed for reds and whites in and around the town of Saumur, it is excellent with goose and perfect with charcuterie, pâté or even on its own.

Made from a blend of 15 different parcels of Cabernet Franc, this wine is named after to dominant tuffeau soil type so typical of the region, hence 'Tuffe', that is brilliant for the rainy north of France as it has excellent drainage capability. It is delicious with a fuller, rounder body than you'd expect of the cool Loire region, but still possessing nervy energy and structure. Flavours of blackcurrant, cassis, black cherry, dried herbs and a clean, graphite fresh minerality on the palate, it has a wonderfully long finish.

This is grown in one of the best villages for Cabernet Franc. Though probably originally from south of Bordeaux (where it is an important blending component), it is here just off the Loire that it is made as the shining star. Never massively full-bodied or overtly powerful, you get elegance and finesse here - somewhat stylistically like a hybrid of the structure of cooler Bordeaux appellations with the complexity and elegance of Burgundy. The Loire is distinctly cooler climate and as a result there isn't as much warmth in the grapes, nor the resultant wines, but that's no bad thing, even if climate change is leading to more and more vintages with fuller, riper fruit. Alcohol levels are often more moderate and there is structure and complexity from the dark grape skins (certainly in the Cabernet Franc wines) that really makes them stand out in the crowd. Cabernet Franc stands out on its own because of of the stylistic singularities that it possesses: tannic, dry, blackcurrant, redcurrant, leafy and above all else a sense of pencil lead and, in under-ripe vintages, green bell-peppers.

Region: Loire Valley

Country: France

Grape(s): Cabernet Franc

Style: Vibrant, Organic, Medium-Light, Fresh, Complex, Bright

Best food matches: Venison, Tuna, Tapas, Roasts, Poultry, Mature Cheeses, Hard Cheeses, Grills, Duck, Cheeses, Charcuterie, Beef

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Hi, I'm Chris Gifford.

And you're very welcome to The Allotment Wine Co.

When you wine from me, you're supporting a small Irish business which in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers, as well as other small, dedicated Irish wine importers.

When selecting wines, I look for partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.