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Chevalier Du Grand Robert

Chevalier Du Grand Robert
2022 Cabernet Franc, Pays d’Oc IGP

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 13.5%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$11
Best Buy

Chevalier Du Grand Robert
2022 Cabernet Franc, Pays d’Oc IGP

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 13.5%
Burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry, and currants, sweet peppers, mocha, and fig with a velvety, vibrant, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of red and black cherry, cedar and sweet peppers, mocha and caraway seed, and earl grey tea with well-integrated, medium, drying tannins and light oak flavor. A slightly riper but classically styled Cabernet Franc that drinks above its weight class.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: black cherry, blackberry, and currants, sweet peppers, mocha, and fig
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of red and black cherry, cedar and sweet peppers, mocha and caraway seed, and earl grey tea
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A slightly riper but classically styled Cabernet Franc that drinks above its weight class.

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Cabernet Franc

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Franc is a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon, and it is ideally suited to cooler climates, as it buds and ripens earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon. Additionally, it is less susceptible to poor weather during harvest. In the Medoc and Graves region of Bordeaux, where it typically constitutes about 15% of the final blend, it is seen as a measure of insurance against poor cabernet sauvignon or merlot weather. Cabernet franc used to be planted almost as widely as cabernet sauvignon in Bordeaux well into the 60s, but cabernet sauvignon had swung into such favor that 30 years later it had twice the acreage of cabernet franc.

Cabernet Franc tends to be lighter in color and tannins than cabernet sauvignon, with an earlier-maturing character. On Bordeaux's Right Bank, cabernet franc has a stronger foothold, and is best known as the dominant grape in the blend for the famed château, Cheval Blanc. It is the most widely planted red varietal in the Loire, where it yields lighter wines, like Chinon, with distinct herbal overtones. US cabernet francs are still largely in the experimental stage; there is a huge spectrum of interpretations, from heavy Napa wines to lighter styles from the East Coast.

Cabernet Franc is noted for its deep ruby red color and peppery, spicy character. It has moderate tannins and good acidity. Generally a Cabernet Franc should be consumed with some age - at least five years - while the finest versions drink well for more than twenty years.

Pair Cabernet Franc with hearty foods such as wild game, game birds and roasts.