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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. 2017 Boneline Waipara Amphitheatre Cabernet Franc

    2017 Boneline Waipara Amphitheatre Cabernet Franc

    16.5 Points Raymond Chan
    A serious Cabernet Franc that (in the 2016 vintage) scored a coup by winning trophies for Champion Wine of the show and Champion Emerging Red Wine at Bragato. The 2017 has serious bones, with ...
    $31.99 in mixed 6+ or $35.99 per bottle
  2. 2015 Boneline Waipara Iridium Cabernets Merlot

    2015 Boneline Waipara Iridium Cabernets Merlot

    18 Points Richard Caro
    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 ...
    $31.99 in mixed 6+ or $35.99 per bottle
  3. 2016 Gerard Bertrand Chateau La Soujeole

    2016 Gerard Bertrand Chateau La Soujeole

    Organic
    94 Points John Caro
    A top red from excellent vineyards in the heart of the Southern France. From the inland area of Malepere just below Cabardes, this intriguing red is made in varieties that have crept down from ...
    $49.99 in mixed 6+ or $55.99 per bottle
  4. 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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