Cabernet Franc has two important roles in French wine. First, it is the principle red grape variety of the Loire Valley. In appellations like Saumur-Champigny, Chinon, Bourgueil and Anjou-Villages it produces a light, fragrant, structured red which is both delicious young and capable of developing amazing complexity over many years. Second, Cabernet Franc is an important grape in Bordeaux, where it is blended with other grape varieties, especially on the right bank in St-Emilion. Indeed, it is the main part of the blend for arguably Bordeaux’s greatest wine, Château Cheval Blanc. Outside France, it has yet to catch on to any great extent, but as the fashion moves away from super-ripe wines, it is beginning to gain ground.

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Cabernet Franc - a chosen few from us

Bolgheri Sassicaia 2006, Tenuta San Guido


First released in 1968, Sassicaia is one of the most best and most famous of the Super Tuscans. Shockingly different when it first appeared, its quality has been so high for so long that is is now, deservedly, an accepted classic. One of Italy's greatest wines.

Sassicaia was one of the original ‘Super Tuscan’ wines, a movement that elected to ignore the rules and regulations that had restricted Italian winemakers. It translates as ‘the place of many stones’ which refers to the vineyard's stoney ground. It's success was so complete that in 1994 was granted its own appellation, Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC.

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