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Cabernet Franc

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Cabernet Franc Cabernet franc and sauvignon blanc are the parent grapes of cabernet sauvignon. Cabernet franc is one of the five Bordeaux varietals, along with merlot, petit verdot, malbec, and cabernet sauvignon. Although grown throughout Bordeaux, the area known as the "right-bank" is where cabernet franc struts its stuff. These "right-bank" merlot blends are believed to be some of the best red wines in the world. Names like Château Cheval Blanc and Château Pétrus both contain the herbaceous, fragrant, softer acid, less tannic 'cab franc.' Cab franc is generally used as a secondary grape, paired up with merlot and/or cabernet sauvignon. Since it is harvested early, many winemakers believe that growing cab franc along side cabernet sauvignon is a failsafe against losing a vintage to bad weather. Cabernet franc is very similar in flavor and structure to cabernet sauvignon. Its nose is more aromatic with distinctive notes of violets, spiced plums, and fresh herbs. On the palate, the herbaceous qualities follow through while the wine hints of those cabernet sauvignon flavors we've all come to love. Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc Covey Run Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Chateau Boisseaux