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cabernet franc

 

A fine French red grape variety that is much blended with, and overshadowed by, the more widely planted cabernet sauvignon. It is really only in the Loire valley where it produces single varietal wines, and on the right bank of the Gironde where it is more quantitively important than cabernet sauvignon. It produces lighter wines than cabernet sauvignon with firm tannins and a distinct leafy character. It is the variety behind Chinon, Bourgueil and Anjou Rosé in the Loire and is also a vital component of the great Cheval Blanc in Bordeaux. It is also much favoured in north eastern Italy as a single varietal. In New Zealand and Western Australia it tends to be grown for the express purpose of blending with cabernet sauvignon in Meritage (Bordeaux style) blends.

 

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