Cabernet Franc is an important blending component of many Bordeaux wines and has recently been discovered to be one of the parents of the Cabernet Sauvignon variety. Cabernet Franc can stake a good claim to being every bit as serious as its illustrious descendant as it is successfully used to make a varietal red wine throughout the Loire Valley of France, most notably in the appellations of Chinon and Bourgeuil.
It is also common in the northeastern Italian regions of Veneto and Friuli. It is grown in limited quantities in California, Australia and South Africa, where it is only sometimes bottled on its own.
Cabernet Franc's main claim to star-billing is the fact that it is responsible for Saint-Emilion's greatest wine, Cheval Blanc. Raspberry and blackcurrant are common flavour characteristics of this early-ripening grape, but the real giveaway is its distinctive leafy, grassy, herbaceous aroma.
Made with this varietal: L'Exception, VQM