Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc, along with the white Sauvignon Blanc is a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. It has great fragrance and structure and shines both in the Loire Valley and in Bordeaux blends. The grape is believed to have originated in the Loire but today the Cabernet Franc grown in the Loire is not believed to be the same variety as that found in Bordeaux.

Cabernet Franc has smaller berries, is less densely packed, ripens earlier and requires less heat than Cabernet Sauvignon, although it is very similar in shape. It is fresher and more fragrant with aromas of redcurrant, menthol and blackcurrant with intense vegetal hints and an herbal finish. Cabernet Franc thrives especially on Bordeaux’s Right Bank, in the cooler clay soils of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. Throughout the world, winemakers emulating the Bordeaux blend of grapes, will always plant Cabernet Franc alongside Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

The red wines of the Loire, made from 100% Cabernet Franc throughout Touraine, have achieved high praise of late. Climate change and improved viticultural methods have given quality a real boost here. Particularly wines from Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil and Chinon are of smooth density and have enticingly fresh red fruit and herbal notes, carried by juicy redcurrant and cherry fruit. In maturity these wines develop aromas of cigar box, truffle and tobacco.

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    Château Puygueraud
    Francs, Côtes de Bordeaux
    0.375l Red
    €6.90 €5.70
    Very deeply coloured, with sweet notes of chocolate, prunes and caramel on the nose. A touch of vanilla and violet on the start which gently gives way to more rich and sweet flavours on the palate-cassis, cacao and truffles. Rounded, generous and velvety-smooth and full-bodied on the finish.
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    Chateau le Bost
    Bergerac
    0.75l Red
    €6.96 €5.75
    Quite a traditional wine with lots of character and aromas of red fruits, tobacco and cedar. Produced in the charming region of Bergerac, just south-east of Bordeaux, the wines from here are just a little more rich and rustic.
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    Château Puygueraud
    Francs, Côtes de Bordeaux
    0.375l Red
    €7.43 €6.14
    Purchased by Georges Thienpont in 1946 and home to his family of 13 children, Puygueraud is a testament to the Thienpont family who put the Côtes de Francs on the Bordeaux wine map. This is a really charming vintage with a dark crimson colour, fresh and spicy nose with wild herb aromas, blueberries and blackcurrants; lovely spice and freshness, on the palate with great persistence. Delicious with lots of life and verve. Super.
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    Château La Prade
    Francs, Côtes de Bordeaux
    0.375l Red
    €7.45 €6.16
    An appealling deep violet colour,very fragrant and spicy on the nose, opulent and round with sumptuous autumn fruit flavours on the palate-a mix of blackberries and boysenberries with a touch of wild herbs; nice spicy finish.
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    Château Puygueraud
    Francs, Côtes de Bordeaux
    0.375l Red
    €7.45 €6.16
    Very pretty vivid purple colour; appealling nose with crunchy red fruits; smooth on the palate showing good intensity of fruit, acidity and a touch of wild herbs, spicy and nicely oaked on the finish. Very pleasing. A great achievement.
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    Château de Carles
    Fronsac
    0.375l Red
    €7.54 €6.23
    Een wijn met een uitstekende verhouding prijs/kwaliteit in deze jaargang. Wij verkiezen deze de Carles 2015 boven de Haut-Carles, die rijker is en meer extractie heeft. Het is een fraaie wijn met aroma's van wild, herfstfruit, een mooie zuiverheid en fraîcheur - typisch voor organische wijnen - veel kruidigheid en levendigheid. De wijn is reeds heerlijk om nu te drinken en zal zeker nog 10 jaar kunnen bewaard worden.
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    Château La Prade
    Francs, Côtes de Bordeaux
    0.375l Red
    €7.54 €6.23
    Eén van onze favoriete wijnen gemaakt door onze neef Nicolas Thienpont in de Côtes de Francs. Deze wijn is een blend van 85% Merlot en 15% Cabernet Franc geteeld op een kalkstenen bodem. Het karakter van de ondergrond vertaalt zich dan ook zeer duidelijk in de wijn. Hij heeft een diepe kleur met een schitterende granaatrode rand; de neus is zeer open en geparfumeerd met wilde bessen en braambessen; hij is zacht, fris en fraai op het gehemelte. Een zeer aangename wijn, mooi in balans en puur.
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    Château Puygueraud
    Francs, Côtes de Bordeaux
    0.375l Red
    €7.71 €6.37
    This Thienpont family wine, made by Nicolas Thienpont is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. It is intense and structured in the nose with spicy aromas of nutmeg and cloves. There are lovely black fruit flavours on the palate with good intensity and a good tannic structure leading to a rich finish.
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    Château La Prade
    Francs, Côtes de Bordeaux
    0.375l Red
    €7.74 €6.40
    Deep and bright in colour, the nose is sweet and generous with ripe fruit, notes of cherries and violets at the start, pretty concentration with a touch of minerality and very vibrant. Spicy and firm on the finish with notes of black pepper with a good tannic structure.
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