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Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is a red grape variety that is widely planted in wine regions around the world. It is a parent variety of Cabernet Sauvignon, and is known for its distinctive aromas and flavors.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Cabernet Franc's berries are small and dark, with thick skins that produce wines that are ruby in color. The aromas and flavors of Cabernet Franc can range from herbal notes such as tobacco, green pepper and bell pepper, to fruit notes such as blackberry, raspberry and cherry. Its taste profile is typically high in tannins and moderate in acidity, resulting in wines that can range from light-bodied to full-bodied.

Fresh Cabernet Franc grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Cabernet Franc is grown in many wine regions around the world, including France, Italy, Spain, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States. In France, it is particularly associated with the Loire Valley and the right bank of Bordeaux. Cabernet Franc is a relatively easy grape to grow, and is very resistant to both frost and rot. It can be harvested earlier than other red varietals, allowing for a longer growing season. The grape is also very versatile in winemaking, and can be made into a variety of styles, ranging from light and fruity to full-bodied and age-worthy. Cabernet Franc can produce a wide range of styles depending on where it is grown. Wines from the Loire Valley are typically light-bodied, with distictive herbal notes and silky tannins. while wines from the Bordeaux region, where Cabernet Franc acts as a key player in the Bordeaux blend, are often more tannic and fuller in body, with more ripe fruit aromas and flavors. In California, Cabernet Franc is often used as a blending grape, while in Australia and New Zealand it is used to make robust and age-worthy wines. Cabernet Franc pairs well with a variety of dishes, including grilled meats, root vegetables, mushrooms and cheese. It also pairs well with dishes that have a slight sweetness, such as pork tenderloin with a fruit glaze or roasted duck with a berry compote.

Foods to pair with Cabernet Franc:

Asian food
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc is believed to be the oldest of the Cabernet grapes, and is thought to have originated in the Basque region of France. It is also the most widely planted grape in the Loire Valley, where it is often blended with other grapes to make some of the region's most famous wines.

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The Francis Ford Coppola Winery Diamond Collection Cabernet Sauvignon is a bold and full-bodied red wine with aromas of black cherry, cassis, and dark chocolate. On the palate, flavors of blackberry, mocha, and spices emerge. The finish is long and lingering, with smooth tannins and a hint of oak. Enjoy this robust and complex Cabernet Sauvignon with a variety of foods, from grilled steak to roasted vegetables.
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Langlois-Chateau Crémant de Loire Brut is a delightful sparkling wine that showcases the expertise of the Loire Valley. Crafted in the renowned appellation of Crémant de Loire, this wine is produced by Langlois-Chateau, a respected winery with a rich history. The vineyards where the grapes are grown benefit from the Loire Valley's unique terroir, characterized by limestone and clay soils. The winemaking process involves traditional methods, including a second fermentation in the bottle, resulting in fine bubbles and a creamy texture. This Brut style wine offers a harmonious balance of freshness and elegance, with vibrant fruit flavors and a crisp, dry finish. Perfect for celebrating special moments or simply enjoying as an aperitif.
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