Cabernet Franc has long been a favorite of sommeliers and oenophiles around the world. For the larger audiences however, it has always been the supporting actor to the much more widely known Cabernet Sauvignon. In case you find yourself grabbing for more red wines as we roll into early September, Cabernet Franc would be a great option for the last summer nights!
In South-Western France Cabernet Franc is often blended with other varietals like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In the Loire Valley however, the varietal shines solo in famous appellations such as Chinon, Bourgueil, Saumur-Champigny. Here the monovarietal wines demonstrate the true potential of the grape with fruity, vegetal, and earthy flavors as well as acidity promising longevity of decades for the best examples.
Where New World producers have always focused mostly on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, more and more are starting to see the potential of Cabernet Franc, whether it is in blend or a monovarietal. Nowadays some truly majestic Cabernet Franc-based wines are being produced in South-Africa, Chili, Argentina and The United States.