One of those 'tucked away' gems you wished you'd discovered sooner
You rarely saw Cabernet Franc on a label, until quite recently, when it has been adopted by winemakers in Chile and California as a single varietal wine. It’s a lighter, fresher red with slightly more aromatic qualities than further along the line, more redcurrant than blackberry, with a tang of acidity to give it a fresh finish. In France you find it under the guise of Bourgeuil and Chinon from the Loire, where it can have a little bitter twang. In contrast the newer styles tend to have a bit more fruitiness and less of the bitter finish. Because it’s a lighter wine, it can be popped in the fridge to enhance its refreshing qualities.