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The Cabernet Franc is one of the most oldest grape varieties grown in Gironde, since the Ist century before J.C. This red grape variety is mainly in the Bordelais and the Vallée de la Loire. It would have been implanted at the beginning of the XVIIth century in Vallée de la Loire by the abbot Breton, the intendant of the cardinal Richelieu. It’s what will give it the name of “breton” in the area. It’s the father of the Cabernet Sauvignon.
The bunches of grapes are medium, its grape berries small to medium and has a thick peel with a beautiful bluish black which gives a fruity slightly astringent juice.
This grape variety allows to elaborate qualitatives and aromatics wines, structured and perfumed. They’re less coloured than the Cabernet Sauvignon with thin tannins, some red berries (raspberry, blackcurrant, violet) and spicy flavours.
The Cabernet Franc is a capricious grape variety and fragile at the harvests which can revealed the best as the worst. It’s often used as a complement grape variety. In Anjou, it’s also vinified itself in smooth rosé wines.