#newwinethisweek Week 29 – Cabernet Franc, Loire Valley
Mike has kicked us off this week by introducing us to Cabernet Franc… a wonderful red wine selection, especially when the sun shines:
A week in The Loire last summer got me hooked on Cab Franc. I had a few bottles before going out there as part of my strict training schedule and it is now firmly on my list of go-to reds, especially in the summer.
Before visiting the region I basically thought about Cabernet Franc as a blending partner for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in Bordeaux, I now understand how great it can be by itself. In The western and central Loire, Cab Franc is the hero red grape and really comes into its own in Chinon, Saumur-Champigny and Bourgueil.
Cabernet Franc has a delicacy that is Cabernet Sauvignon doesn’t possess; it has less body, less tannin, less alcohol and less colour, but has fragrance and elegance in abundance. The other major positive Cab Franc has going for it is its high acidity, which makes the wines drinkable in their youth, although though the finest can last for decades. And best of all you can enjoy this red wine chilled in the summer, of which I have become a huge advocate.
At its best, Cab Franc delivers bright red berry flavour, hints of smoke and leather and a certain hard green herb note, even the flavour of raw green peppers… its nice, honestly!
I wish I could get hold of the wines from Chateau du Petit Thouars, where I had the most fantastic experience last summer, but they don’t appear to have a UK importer, so you’ll have to get one of these to join in with #newwinethisweek:
Don’t forget head over to Mike’s site to leave this week’s comment and score: