Bordeaux Blending Wine
Cabernet Franc is the name of both the grape and the wine it produces. Red Bordeaux, while mostly created with Cabernet Sauvignon, uses for blending in flavor both Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Cabernet Francs are also an important ingredient in Meritage.
Cabernet Franc traces its ancestry, as do most grapes in the Medoc region, to the Biturica. This grape was imported during the first century A.D., but it wasn't until the eighteenth century that the name 'Cabernet' began to be used. Lighter and fruitier than its Cabernet Sauvignon relative, Francs often have cherry, blackberry, and vanilla aromas. The tannin is soft and gentle, and the finish is smooth.
Cabernet Francs can typically age for 10-15 years, although they can also be enjoyed young. This wine should be drunk at 63F.
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