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  1. Des Grande Esperances Java Rouge 2019
    Des Grande Esperances Java Rouge 2019
    This is a cracking Blend of gamay 60% malbec 20% and cabernet Franc 20% made by the team at Domaines de Grande Esperances. They are geared towards quality production and organic farming base in the Loire Valley and working with about 24 hectares of land and 8 varietals. These are fun and delicious wines that don't take themselves to seriously but still over-deliver in spades.

    A lifted fruit punch of red fruits - think strawberry, raspberry, sour cherry and red currant that leap out of the glass. A wild spicy note carries the bold fruit turning round into lovely savoury peppery sprinkles. There is a light lick of tannin that keeps this all-in check. Yum!
    2019
    Cabernet Franc, Gamay
    France
    484
  2. Chai Saint Etienne Tradition Rouge 2016
    Chai Saint Etienne Tradition Rouge 2016
    60% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 20% Côt
    The Coteaux du Quercy AOC is one of France smallest wine region with only 400 hectares and less than 20 growers. It lies between Cahors & Gaillac. After the Phylloxera, the Quercy, once 50 000 hectares was almost destroyed. Roger Gisbert and his brave mates started their appellation from scratch. With high draining slopes of white clay and limestone soils, Cabernet Franc was chosen to blend with the Merlot, and off course the Cot (aka. Malbec) replanted on the rocky soils. The grapes are harvested and sorted, then fallow slow and gentle traditional fermentation.
    2016
    Cabernet Franc, Merlot
    France
    356
  3. Langlois Chateau Cremant de Loire NV
    Langlois Chateau Cremant de Loire NV
     

    One of the larger and well-established houses, Maison Langlois was established in 1912. In 1973 it was purchased by the Champagne heavyweights Maison Bollinger. It’s an overachiever in its class, hands down.

    A blend of white and black grapes (Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Grolleau) this refined white sparkling is lively and elegant, with slight hazelnut and brioche tones thanks to spending two years on lees.  And don’t be alarmed by the addition of black grapes – pinot noir is one of the main players in Champagne – the trick is not to press the black skins so no colour uptakes.



     

    2015
    Cabernet Franc, chardonnay, Chenin Blanc
    France
    423
  4. Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Granges 2020
    Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Granges 2020
    Organic. 100% Cabernet Franc. Les Granges is the Baudry family’s vin de bistro—a delicious, entry-level Cabernet Franc designed for early drinking. It comes mostly from the Estate’s younger vines (planted between 1985 and 1988) grown on the alluvial gravel soils of the terraces by the river Vienne. This is a terroir that loves long periods of dry and warm weather, which is exactly what it received in 2020. The fruit was picked by hand and fermented cool for two weeks in cement tanks, before being raised for seven to 10 months, also in cement.
     
    Even fresher and more vibrant than the inky dark 2019, this jumps out of the glass with lifted and perfumed aromas of perfectly ripened blackcurrant/blackberry Cabernet Franc fruit, black pepper and anise. It’s equally vibrant on the palate, which relies just as much on its crunchy acidity as its lively tannins. This spring, it’s the perfect wine to have in one hand when you’ve got a barbecued lamb cutlet in the other.
    2020
    Cabernet Franc
    France
    422
  5. Bernard Baudry Rose Chinon 2020
    Bernard Baudry Rose Chinon 2020
    Organic. 100% Cabernet Franc. Baudry’s irresistible rosé is drawn from vines rooted in the gravel terroir of Grézeaux and a parcel called Les Balais, which was originally planted by Matthieu’s father some 30 years ago. In contrast to Grézeaux, Les Balais is on clay and flint (silex) soils. The 2020 was picked by hand, there was brief skin contact and then the wine fermented (almost to dryness) via indigenous yeasts—two-thirds in Italian-made concrete tanks and the remainder in stainless steel.
     
    Extremely low yields have resulted in a textured yet delicate wine redolent of just-picked nectarines, wild strawberries and mountain herbs, supported by a vein of blood orange or Campari-like bitterness at the end. It’s fragrant, super-crisp and dry with a backbone of crunchy acidity.
    2020
    Cabernet Franc
    France
    422
  6. Thibaud Boudignon Rose de Loire 2018
    Thibaud Boudignon Rose de Loire 2018
    Substantially Cabernet Franc, with some Grolleau and a little Gamay, from 38 year-old vines, grown on shallow soils of grey schist, rhyolite and sand. Cool-fermented in stainless steel with native yeasts for 2-3 weeks, followed by maturation in tank for 4 to 6 months before bottling. Malolactic conversion is inhibited to produce a fresh, vibrant, yet textural rosé, with good length and intriguing mineral complexity. V&V
    2018
    Cabernet Franc
    France
    423
  7. Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grezeaux 2019 (SOLD OUT)
    Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grezeaux 2019 (SOLD OUT)
    An iconic vineyard for the domaine, situated opposite Bernard’s house, with soils of gravel and sandy clay. This vintage has been aged in cement cuve where it will rest for fifteen months; the cuvée has not seen a barrel since the 2007 vintage. A gorgeous black-violet hue in the glass, the noses shimmers with a dark, pure and focused intensity, with scents of violet, peony, black cherry and currant. Texturally silky, fresh and pure on the palate, it maintains a supple style through the middle, with great energy and vivacity. This is just so complete, polished and stylish – could you ask for more in a wine? Definitely one for the (by which I mean my) cellar. CHRIS KISSACK, The Wine Doctor
    2019
    Cabernet Franc
    France
    422
  8. Duemani Cifra 2018
    Duemani Cifra 2018
    Being one of Italy's foremost consultant oenologists comes with a certain expectation that you will produce something fairly special from your own vines. The surprise was palpable then when owner Luca D'Attoma chose Cabernet Franc to be the mainstay variety supported by Merlot and Syrah.

    The wines however are quite superb and while the Duemani (100% Cab Franc) and Suisassi (100% Syrah) are the super-stars of the range, the cement-tank fermented and aged Altrovino (cab franc and merlot) is quite special also; bright, pure dark berry fruit is complexed by some drying minerality and a real energetic personality. The most recent addition to the range is the cement-fermented and aged 100% cabernet franc, Cifra. The wine was initially a response by d'Attoma to produce a cheaper wine for restaurants to pour however the result is much more than a mere bistro quaffer.

    The 2018 Cifra is a total knockout. Fresh, vibrant and full of aromatic intensity, the 2018 boasts superb flavor intensity and exceptional balance. Inky red and purplish berry fruit, lavender, spice and dried flowers all race out of the glass in a boisterous, generous wine that hits all the right notes. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous
    2018
    Cabernet Franc
    Italy
    495
  9. Chateau Rouget Pomerol 2017
    Chateau Rouget Pomerol 2017

    Pomerol
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    The 2017 Rouget is a total knockout. Aromatically explosive, deep and just so compelling in its beauty, the 2017 has so much to offer. A rush of inky dark fruit, lavender, bittersweet chocolate, spice and licorice build as this sumptuous, exotic beauty shows off all of its allure. The 2017 is not at all subtle, but it sure is gorgeous. Rouget was stellar en primeur. It is every bit as impressive from bottle. (95) ANTONIO GALLONI

    2017
    Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Merlot, Merlot
    France
    356
  10. Thierry Germain Roches Neuves Saumur Champigny Marginale 2019
    Thierry Germain Roches Neuves Saumur Champigny Marginale 2019
    Whereas Terres Chaudes is limestone, this cuvée comes from clay, the soils five metres deep, the limestone beneath buried well. Again I am taken by the fresh character in what was a warm vintage, with dark and fragrant fruits especially damsons, peonies, violets and pencil shavings. This leads to a delightfully elegant poise on the palate, a medium-bodied presence but with a firm central core of tannic grip and fresh acidity too. It feels structured, firm, poised and upright, with great restraint running into a long grip of ripe tannins. This has excellent potential. CHRIS KISSACK, The Wine Doctor
    2019
    Cabernet Franc
    France
    423
  11. Cullen Diana Madeline 2019
    Cullen Diana Madeline 2019

    Incredible power and concentration here, and yet, still lithe and so finely wrought. It’s ultra-mineral in feel with iron and dense graphite tannin, but perfumed and spice-laden too. The quality and feel of tannin here is something quite extraordinary. Plum and dark cherry, dark tobacco, whiff of empty chocolate box, superb length of flavour. Essence of Cabernet. Essential Cabernet. We’ve never had it so good. (98) GARY WALSH, The Wine Front

     

    2019
    Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot
    Australia
    432
  12. Duemani Duemani 2016
    Duemani Duemani 2016
    A layered and rich cabernet franc with tobacco, blackberries, bark and licorice. Full body, very fine tannins that are polished with beautiful fruit and a long, long finish. Shows muscle yet polish. Needs four or five years to soften. (97) JAMES SUCKLING
     
    This vintage is profound and beautiful. The 2016 Cabernet Franc Duemani shows deep layers of fruit, with levels of crunchiness and complexity that make it memorable. The mouthfeel is silky, long and rich. The maturity of the fruit here is perfect. In terms of appearance, the wine is dark and impenetrable. All around, this Duemani is an extremely tight, focused and elegant expression of Cabernet Franc. (97) MONICA LARNER
    2016
    Cabernet Franc
    Italy
    495
  13. Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 2016 Magnum
    Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 2016 Magnum
    A wine of breathtaking beauty, the 2016 Paleo Rosso possesses off the charts vertical intensity. Sweet floral and spiced notes soar out of the glass in a stunning wine endowed with fabulous depth in all of its dimensions. Cedar, mocha, rose petal, red plum and menthol are bright and beautifully sculpted. Paleo Rosso shows just how profound Cabernet Franc can be on the Tuscan Coast. This is a superb edition of the wine that, in my view, is the Macchiole flagship. The 2016 saw 30-35 days on the skins, followed by malolactic fermentation in cement and 18 months in French oak. (98) ANTONIO GALLONI
    2016
    Cabernet Franc
    Italy
    495
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