Better drink in its youth – Domaine Des Roches Neuves 2016, Saumur Champigny

At what age does a mid-range Loire Cabernet Franc tastes the best? A more adequate question is perhaps: if great on release, will such a wine offer that enjoyment later or dumb phases are expected, like in the case of Southern Rhone reds?

I drank the last bottle of this wine in June, 2018, and loved it; it was in perfect shape. I noted for myself that it was bistro red-like, vivid and refreshing, but a tad short, seemingly made for early consumption. More than two years later it’s not primary anymore, but neither developed. It has lost some intensity and fruit, that makes it less smooth on the palate, with acidity peaking out and an overall rawness. Less enjoyable for sure. There is enough structure in this to keep on, it might improve with time – but I think it was at it’s best in its first two years, there’s no point in holding it.

Rating: good wine, 85 points.
Price: 14-17€.
Stockist: Vinexus offers the best price for this
Tasted: November, 2020.
Value: great, as a young wine.
Drinking window: hold, try it in 2022 (and buy the latest vintage for current drinking).
Source: own purchase.