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Cabernet Franc

Pronounced: Cab-err-nay Fronk

Although this black grape is a relative of Cabernet Sauvignon, it produces much lighter, softer and more refreshing wines. Good varietal examples are found in the Loire (France) - especially Bourgueil and Saumur-Champigny), St-Emilion (Bordeaux, France), New Zealand and the US (especially Washington). It is often blended with Merlot.

Because it ripens earlier than many grapes, it is also grown in the left-bank Bordeaux areas (e.g. Medoc) for use in case the Cabernet Sauvignon crop fails to ripen sufficiently.

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