Cabernet Franc is mainly grown as a subsidiary grape in Bordeaux. When the grape is not used in a blend, it produces wine with redcurrant flavours.
In recent years, the grape has been planted in the New World, and is often used in Bordeaux-style wines from New Zealand and South Africa.
Being related to Cabernet Sauvignon, the flavours and textures are similar, with Cabernet Franc producing a lighter taste which is softer on the palate.Read More
France (Bordeaux, South-West France and the Loire), North-East Italy, Eastern Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina and America (California and Washington State).
Black, light- to medium-bodied with a marked fragrance. Common tastes are of summer fruits such as blackcurrants and redcurrants.
Petite Vidure, Petite Bidure, Breton, Plant Breton, Bouchet (in St Émilion), Gros Bouchet, Gros Cabernet, Grosse Vidure, Bouchy (when grown in Madiran, south-west France), Bordo and Cabernet Frank (both sometimes heard in north-east Italy) and Carmenet (in Médoc).