WINE SCHOOL 21 - 27 June 2021

REGION: France > Bordeaux > Pomerol

GRAPE: Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is the stately progenitor of much of the world's red wine - it's union with Sauvignon Blanc resulting in the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Espousing its offspring's brashness, 'Cabernet Snr' is silky smooth and delicately perfumed with notes of blackcurrants or redcurrants and pencil shavings.

Cabernet Franc likes cool, damp growing conditions and is very much at home in the Loire where it is often the dominant, sometimes exclusive, grape in wines produced there. In Bordeaux its role is more often that of understudy, but even when blended in small quantities its contribution can be enormous, bringing finesse and freshness to some of the most revered wines. The grape has also found success in Canada, USA (Pacific Northwest) and north east Italy.

Synonyms: Bouchet, Bordot


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