2016 François Cazin Cheverny Rouge
Region: France, Loire - Touraine
Grape Varieties: Gamay, Pinot Noir
Dry, light-bodied red; red berries, minerals | Hainanese chicken rice
About two-thirds Gamay (the maximum permitted under AOC rules), with some Pinot Noir supporting, the Cheverny rouge is delightful, early-drinking wine. The Gamay grapes undergo some carbonic maceration to give it that burst of fruit in youth, and it’s a wine reminiscent of Beaujolais from a cooler year – fragrant, forward and zippy.
Great with poultry across the spectrum, from a tender chicken to gamy pheasant, especially with lots of butter (as with a fricassée).
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