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Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is a typical blending grape.

Cabernet Franc in Europe

France

The most typical Cabernet Franc wines comes from the Loire Valley.

In Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc is used in blends with Cabernet Sauvignon (Left Bank) and Merlot (Right Bank) to make the famous Bordeaux wines.

Italy

Northern Italy grows a lot of Cabernet Franc with the same characteristics as in the French Loire Valley.

Spain

In Spain, Cabernet Franc is mainly found in Catalonia, where it is a variety in four Denominaciones de Origen.

Other Regions

Outside France, Italy, and Spain, Cabernet France is found in Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, and in Greece (known as Tsapournakos).

New World Cabernet Franc

USA

In the USA, Cabernet Franc has shown a great potential in cooler areas.

Argentina

Cabernet Franc is producing top quality wines in Argentina.

Other Regions

Cabernet Franc is also planted in Chile, Australia, New Zealand, and China.

About Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is the father of Cabernet Sauvignon after beeing crossed with Sauvignon Blanc.

Even if Cabernet Franc is related to Cabernet Sauvignon it does not have the same qualities. Cabernet Franc is lighter, more fruity, less tannin rich, and matures earlier.

Cabernet Franc creates wines with great berry-like fruit aromas, characterized by raspberries and violets, as well as a spicy touch of green pepper.

Cabernet Franc wines may lack some fullness, but they have a great aroma. Cabernet Franc is often mixed with Merlot or big brother Cabernet Sauvignon, both of which give more fullness to the Cabernet Franc.

DNA

Cabernet Franc originated in Spanish Basque Country from 2 local grapes: Morenoa and Hondarribi Beltza.

It’s known as "Bouchet" in Saint-Émilion, "Bouchy" in the Pyrenées, "Breton" in the Loire Valley and Alcheria (Fox) in the Basque Country.

Cabernet Franc is the proud father of Cabernet Sauvignon (After beeing crossed with Sauvignon Blanc).

Even if Cabernet Franc is related to Cabernet Sauvignon it does not have the same qualities. Cabernet Franc is lighter, more fruity, less tannin rich, and matures earlier.

Terroir

Cabernet Franc is a worl-wide grape because it adapts to different terroirs, often the same terroirs as Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cabernet Franc loves sand, gravel, limestone, and clay.

The better performance in the world is in Saint-Émilion (Bordeaux), in the Loire Valley and in Italy (Tuscany and Friuli).

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