Cab Franc

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Increasingly popular as both stand-alone varietal and blending grape, Cabernet Franc is used primarily for blending in Bordeaux, mostly planted along the right bank of the¬†Gironde¬†in the Fronsac, St-Emilion and Pomerol regions. There, it is used by the famous¬†Saint-√Čmilion estate¬†Chateau Cheval Blanc¬†(White Horse Castle), a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot.¬†Its wine is one of only four to receive the highest rank of¬†Premier Grand Cru Class√© (A)¬†status in the¬†Classification of Saint-√Čmilion wine, along with¬†Ch√Ęteau Ang√©lus,¬†Ch√Ęteau Ausone, and¬†Ch√Ęteau Pavie.

In the Loire Valley, Cabernet is widely planted in the Anjou, Bourgueil, Chinon, and Saumur-Champigny regions

Cabernet Franc is lighter than Cabernet Sauvignon, making a bright pale red wine that contributes finesse and lends a peppery perfume to blends with more robust grapes. Depending on the growing region and style of wine, additional aromas can include tobacco, raspberry, bell pepper, cassis, violets, mushrooms, sweet herbs, fall leaves, tobacco,  cocoa and tea

-The film Sideways features the Cheval Blanc 1961 vintage as a plot element, despite the main character’s stated aversion to Merlot.
-Sean Connery¬†drinks Ch√Ęteau Cheval Blanc in the 1983¬†James Bond¬†movie¬†Never Say Never Again.
-In the 2008 film Bottle Shock, which tells the story of Chateau Montelena, actor Freddy Rodriguez, depicting Gustavo Brambila, correctly guesses the 1947 Cheval Blanc in a blind taste at a dare in a bar.

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