Cabernet Franc is one of the major black grape varieties in the world. It’s principally grown for blending with Cabernet-Sauvignon and Merlot in the Bordeaux style but can also be vinified alone, as in the Loire’s Chinon.
Cabernet Franc is lighter than Cabernet Sauvignon, making a bright red wine that contributes finesse and lends a peppery aroma to blends with more robust grapes. Depending on the growing region and style of wine, additional aromas can include tobacco, raspberry, bell pepper, cassis and violets.
Records of Cabernet Franc in Bordeaux go back to the end of the 18th century, although it was planted in the Loire long before that time. DNA analysis indicates that Cabernet Franc is one of two parents of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenère.
Presenter: Vivienne Franks with Malcolm Franks.
From Waitrose Cellar (www.waitrosecellar.com) – Saumur Champigny, La Croix des Chaintres, 2016 (£12.99) and Argentina (Mendoza) ‘El Exilio’ Malbec/Cabernet Franc, Susana Balboa, 2018 (£11.99).
From Sainsbury’s – Argentina (Mendoza Uco Valley) ‘Taste the Difference’ Cabernet Franc, Morador, 2019 (£9.00).
From The Wine Society – Chinon, ‘Le Temps des Cerises, Domaine de la Noblaie, 2019 (£11.95) OR St Emillion, Château Grand Corbin Despagne,2015 (£34.00).
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