Cards of Wine

Cabernet Franc (France)

The most famous Cabernet Franc wines are produced in the Loire Valley in France.

Typical Flavors


Strawberry
Strawberry
Raspberry
Raspberry
Black Cherry
Black
Cherry
Blueberry
Blueberry

Jalapeno
Jalapeno
Herbs
Herbs
Violets
Violets
Pepper
Pepper

Oak Added Flavors:

Mushroom
Mushroom
Coffee
Coffee
Tobacco
Tobacco
Barrel
Barrel

Red and Black Berries, and Pyrazine (Jalapeno) are typical Cabernet Franc flavors.

Hints of Perfume (Violets), Herbs, Spices, and Gravel or Graphite.

Oak added Flavors: Balsamic. Earth. Mushroom. Coffee. Tobacco.

Profile

Cabernet Franc has fine fruit and a dry, fresh, and slightly acidic style:

BODYMedium
TANNINSMedium
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperature:
14-15°C (57-59°F)

Food Pairing


Antipasti
Antipasti
Olive Oil
Olive Oil
Vinegar
Vinegar
Soup
Soups

Soup
Soups
Pasta
Pasta
Mushroom
Mushroom
Pizza
Pizza

Chicken
Chicken
Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal

Cabernet Franc is a very versatile food wine.

It pairs perfectly with rich Stews, Cassoulets and Marinated Asian (Not Spicy).

Cabernet Franc also loves BBQ and Grilled Meat (Beef. Veal. Pork. Chicken. Game).

In addition, the acidic style pairs well with Vinegar and Tomato-based Dishes.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Rich Pasta. Ravioli.
Lasagna. Spaghetti Meatballs.
Fried or Grilled Mushrooms.
Soups. Casseroles.
Stews. Beef Stew. Veal.
Roasted Chicken, Pork, or Lamb.
BBQ. Grilled Beef.

Cheese:
Soft Cheese. Goat. Camembert. Feta. Fontina.

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The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

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.

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Cabernet Franc in France

The Loire Valley

The most prestigious Cabernet Franc wines comes from the Loire Valley in France.

Bourgueil, Chinon, and Saumur-Champigny are all made almost exclusively with Cabernet Franc.

These wines are dry, elegant, and medium-bodied red wines with a fine berry-like fruit, often marked by slightly grape stalk tannins in the aftertaste.

In good years, these wines can recall Bordeaux wines.

The Bordeaux Blends

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

Cabernet Franc is lighter than Cabernet Sauvignon and adds a pale red color and a peppery perfume to the blend.