Dense, Inky, Beautiful Old-Vine Cabernet Franc

An organic, layered, magnificent Loire Valley red

We generally prefer our Cabernet Franc unoaked and pure, but there are a few cuvées we’ve found whose density and complexity is worthy of oak treatment. Chief among them is Domaine des Sanzay’s Saumur-Champigny rouge “Beauregard.” We’re delight to have the terrific 2020 in stock today.

If you like your Loire reds more serious and ageworthy, here’s an exciting find. The nose shows smoke and anise, which have both started to integrate beautifully into the fruit; and we expect the trend to continue. The 50+ year old vines contribute impressive richness, which the Sanzay Family have handled masterfully — despite all of the inky, old-vine material, the shape of the wine remains fine and precise (even angular).

This is Cabernet Franc at its most Burgundian — intense, earthy fruit that somehow retains its lift and sophistication. We expect this to improve for another 3-4 years, and wouldn’t be surprised it it was still impressive in a decade. Lightweight, carefree Cabernet Franc is useful and delicious, but here’s ample proof the grape can perform on a higher level.


Sanzay Saumur-Champigny Beauregard 2020
bottle price: $32

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