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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. 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
  2. 2016 Gerard Bertrand Chateau La Soujeole

    2016 Gerard Bertrand Chateau La Soujeole

    Organic
    93 Points John Caro
    A top red from excellent vineyards in the heart of the Southern France. The inland area of Malepere is just below Cabardes, where this intriguing red is made in varieties that have crept down ...
    $53.99 in mixed 6+ or $59.99 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
  4. 2019 Ch. Canon St Emilion

    2019 Ch. Canon St Emilion

    Pre Order
    98 Points Decanter

    En Primeur product: order now for arrival mid 2022. A superb vintage for this revered St Emilion Chateau, which is of 1er Grand Cru Classé (B) status. Occupying limestone ...

    $210.00 per bottle
  5. Mixed 6 — Right Bank Drinkers (En Primeur)

    Mixed 6 — Right Bank Drinkers (En Primeur)

    92 Points John Caro

    En Primeur product: order now for arrival mid 2022. From the ripe vintage of Bordeaux 2019, here are some delicious Right Bank (Merlot) reds to enjoy on arrival — or soon ...

    $269.98 per pack
  6. Mixed 6 — Right Bank Premium (En Primeur)

    Mixed 6 — Right Bank Premium (En Primeur)

    94 Points John Caro

    En Primeur product: order now for arrival mid 2022. Grown in the prime conditions in Bordeaux 2019, here are some top prosepcts from the Merlot legends of the right bank. ...

    $470.00 per pack

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