Red grape : Cabernet-Franc

Loire valley is its home but you can find it now everywhere in the world. Some will say that it is a less prestigious clone of Cabernet Sauvignon but in fact it succeeds in developing its own identity, and one of the greatest example will be the renown Chateau Cheval Blanc which uses on average 60% of Cabernet Franc in its Blend.
Lower in tannins it is supple and perfumed with raspberry and blackcurrant aromas. In the northern part of France the wines tend to be more herbaceous. Nicolas de Bourgueil or Saumur Champigny are good example of the quality of this grape.