2007 Domaine La Grange Tiphaine, Damien Delecheneau Ad Libitum, Touraine-Amboise, Loire Valley, France
Damien Delecheneau is widely considered by his peers to be one of the Loire Valley’s fastest rising stars. Delecheneau’s Ad Libitum, a delicious blend of Cabernet Franc (50%), Gamay (25%) and Côt (25%), casts a gorgeous transparent garnet color from the bowl and earthy aromas of wild strawberries, freshly crushed red raspberries and smoky soil. Brimming with lively red fruits, the wine is so transparent as to be nearly weightless on the palate, but its fruit and terroir expressions are so persistent that it never loses its freshness and food-friendliness. Here is a beautiful, affordable and versatile red — and a strong argument that the Loire Valley is France’s most exciting wine region. Enjoy this beautiful spring red now and over the coming year with roast chicken, poached salmon, light pork recipes and spring vegetable frittatas. A staff favorite!