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Cabernet Franc

The Cabernet Franc grape is to France’s West what Pinot Noir is to the East. A slightly perfumed native variety with a penchant for mutation, it spawned most of Bordeaux’s red grapes including the much more famous Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Cab Franc shares with the latter a pleasing ‘green’ bell pepper aroma but offers a more silky and feminine array of dark fruit, pepper and tobacco notes. Though valued in Bordeaux its use comes in a distant third, while in the New World single varietal Cab Francs are sadly not common. Slightly earlier to ripen than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc managed to thrive only in France’s cooler Loire Valley, where classic expressions such as Chinon and Saumur showcase its elegance and expressive charm.

Cabernet Franc

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  1. 2018 Boneline Waipara Amphitheatre Cabernet Franc

    2018 Boneline Waipara Amphitheatre Cabernet Franc

    5 Stars Michael Cooper
    A serious Cabernet Franc that scored a coup by winning trophies (in the 2016 vintage) for Champion Wine of the show and Champion Emerging Red Wine at Bragato. It has serious bones, with classic ...
    $44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle
  2. 2016 Boneline Waipara Iridium Cabernets Merlot

    2016 Boneline Waipara Iridium Cabernets Merlot

    95 Points Bob Campbell MW
    This stylish and complex Bordeaux blend is full of ripe cassis and berry fruits, with a leafy and mineral turn about it. The freshness and fine tannin of this blend of Cabernet, Cabernet Franc ...
    $44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle
  3. 2015 Esk Valley Heipipi The Terraces

    2015 Esk Valley Heipipi The Terraces

    19.5 Points Raymond Chan
    Once called The Terraces and now called Heipipi after the Maori Pa at the top of New Zealand's most famous vineyard hillside. This top Bordeaux-lilke blend (Malbec, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc) ...
    $150.00 in mixed 6+ or $165.00 per bottle

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