Cabernet Franc is a grape variety that has been growing on me. It’s often thought of as in the shadow of its talented son, Cabernet Sauvignon. But in some ways, Cabernet Franc is a more complete grape. People are realizing its virtues: in Bordeaux, in South Africa, in Argentina. And in the Loire, it’s always been the main red grape variety. In Ontario, Canada, it’s now making some stunning wines.
This is a really good, affordable example of Loire Cabernet Franc. It seems to capture the variety beautifully.
Domaine Filliatreau Saumur Champigny 2014 Loire, France
This is lovely. Just so typical. Juicy, ripe and rounded with sweet, supple cherry, raspberry and blackcurrant fruit with a leafy green edge. There’s elegance here: it has the Loire Cabernet Franc wildness, but it is tamed without blurring its personality. 91/100 (£12.50 Yapp)
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