Seen in many places but France - Loire valley(Anjou-Saumur and Touraine) and Bordeaux are its cultural homes, but Italy and California also produce classic style Cabernet Franc.
Style It varies from raspberry , herbaceous, light-med alcohol and body with med-low tannin levels with high acidity to jammy, medium body and tannin levels with medium-high acidity. Always pale and more herbaceous than Cabernet Sauvignon.
Expected Flavours Raspberries and can be herbacious.
Character This is a wine that has high acidity, is medium bodied and low-medium tannin levels.
Problems The vine suffers from powdery mildew and coulure at flowering so can be unreliable in cool marginal climates, and often high yields produce over herbaceous aromas and lack of fruit.
Points of Note Cabernet Franc often plays a supporting or insurance role in a blend, in Left Bank Bordeaux it is almost invariably the third variety but here it is unlikely to ripen in the years it is required ( when Cabernet Sauvignon does not ripen) , but on the right bank it balances well with Merlot which fills in the gaps so producing a lush mouth filler . Loire Cabernet Franc is often varietal though may be paired with Cabernet Sauvignon in the rose Cabernet d'Anjou.
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