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HomeNews!Saga of grape varieties: Cabernet Franc

February 06 2018

Saga of grape varieties: Cabernet Franc

In France, an anthology of synonyms accompanies the cabernet franc on his chosen lands: bouchy in Madiran, bouchet in Saint-Émilion and Bergerac, big cabernet, carmenet, big drain in the Medoc, achéria in the Basque Country, etc.

The Cabernet Franc is recognizable by its young leaves, of reddish green hue with tanned beaches. The clusters are medium, cylindro-conical, more or less compact, sometimes winged with small to medium-sized berries, spherical with fine skin of a beautiful bluish black.

This grape gives pleasant wines, whose smoothness is a delight on the palate. Less tannic and astringent than Cabernet Sauvignon, it is also more supple and gives an impression of fullness when harvested at maturity. Depending on its breeding, it offers a multi-year aging potential. When used in main varietal or alone, it gives balanced wines with soft tannins and a controlled acidity. The cabernet franc is made from sandy-clay soil and produces aromas of tobacco, raspberry, cassis and violet. On other soils, he also develops notes of pepper.

The terroir of Château de la Soujeole in Malepère is the perfect setting for this grape variety which reveals it in a new and unique way for Languedoc.

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