Wine Tasting Guide to Cabernet Franc Wine

Wine Tasting Guide to Cabernet Franc Wine

Philippines wine supplier Manila wine shop discusses wine by the grape variety Cabernet Franc.

Date: October 11, 2010

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Cabernet Franc wine is a lesser known relative to Cabernet Sauvignon. The grape variety Cabernet Franc is closely related to Cab Sauvignon and in many respects is very similar. The grape originated and is one of the permitted varieties in Bordeaux. However, for the most part, the world over, most Cab Franc is grown and used as just a smaller part of the blend in Bordeaux blend type wines. For example, in Bordeaux, California, Australia and many other regions, it is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Merlot and other grapes and in most cases makes up only a minority of the blend. In blends it adds a slightly lighter freshness and a peppery or herbal aromatic complexity to wines with the more robust and tannic Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Therefore, in most cases Cab Franc is just a bit part player. However, there are a few notable examples in which primarily Cabernet Franc wine is made to great effect. Some of these wines with a significant proportion of Cab Franc (or even exclusively Cab Franc) are amongst the very best in the world. In other words, this “lowly” cousin of Cabernet Sauvignon is capable, in the right hands and grown in the right terroir, of greatness. Read on below to learn more about the wines, where they are from and what they taste like.

Where Is Cabernet Franc Wine Made?
While Cabernet Franc is an integral, if minor, part in many Bordeaux blends, it has been transplanted to most major wine producing regions around the world. In particular, most areas that produce any Bordeaux type blends, including Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Merlot-based wines, plant at least some small proportion of Cab Fran to use in their blends.

However, there are a few places on the planet where Cabernet Franc really shines and does not have to play second fiddle to any other grape. One is in the right bank of Bordeaux, in villages like Pomerol and St. Emilion. While most wines are predominantly Merlot, Cabernet Franc often plays an important part of the blend. In one notable example, Cabernet Franc is the leading actor, making up the majority of the blend in one of the most famous, expensive and glorious wines made anywhere. Château Cheval-Blanc, although the name sounds like it would be a white wine (blanc means white in French), is a famous red wine from the St. Emilion region on the right bank of Bordeaux. “Cheval-Blanc” means “white horse”, the white has nothing to do with the color of the wine. The vineyards at this famous chateau are approximately 75% Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet Franc wine is made primarily from Cab Franc blended with Merlot. While the exact percentages in the final wine vary somewhat from year to year, Cabernet Franc is usually 60% or more of the blend. This wine is considered one of the best in the world and is highly sought after by collectors. In great vintages, it is arguably the best expression of Cabernet Franc wine in the world.

Although Cheval-Blanc is the most famous Cabernet Franc wine on the planet, some purists would argue that the real home of the grape variety and where it is most suited to the terroir is in the Loire Valley of France. Often called Breton locally, the grape is planted in many appellations along the Loire and in some make up the large majority of the blend. In particular, Chinon, Bourgueil and Samur-Champigny are all capable of making outstanding reds based largely on Cabernet Franc. In particular, if you want a “lesson” in great Cabernet Franc, check out the wines of producers like Joguet, Baudry, Breton and Rougeard. And best of all, most of them are still relatively inexpensive.

In some other areas such as in California some producers have experimented with Cabernet Franc varietal wines that are largely or solely Cab Franc. These can vary in quality quite a bit, some being light and vegetal, others being rich and complex, comparing favorably with the producers Cabernet Sauvignons or Merlots.


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