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

Château Angélus 2004


The Grand Vin of Château Angélus is one of the best wines in St-Emilion, and therefore in the whole of Bordeaux.

Château Angélus is one of only four Premier Grand Cru Classé 'A' properties in St-Emilion, following its promotion in 2012. It's top wine is suitably sumptuous. Dark, brooding and long-lived, this is powerful, modern St-Emilion at its very best.

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