Importance and cultivation
The red grape variety Cabernet Franc has been native to Bordeaux for centuries. In France, a total of 32,683 hectares were planted with this vine in 2018 (FranceAgriMer, Les chiffres-clés de la filière Viti-Vinicole 2008 - 2018). Cabernet Franc prefers a balanced and rather temperate climate and is therefore also quite suitable for the German wine regions, where it is cultivated on as much as 117 hectares of vineyards (2022). The grape variety is considered to be related to Cabernet Sauvignon, but sprouts earlier, ripens earlier and brings slightly higher yields. The grape variety is susceptible to various fungal diseases. The small bluish-black berries unfold their most interesting aroma profile in the relatively small time window in which the harvest should take place.
Flavour and food companion
Cabernet Franc wines are usually a little leaner, less tannin-heavy, ripens earlier and are more elegant than those of Cabernet Sauvignon. They are often found in cuvées because they are very fruity and intensely colored. Single-variety Cabernet Franc wines are reminiscent of aromas of raspberries, black currants, strawberries and violets, paired with notes of paprika and green pepper. The wines can be stored very well and go well with strong, dark meat or game.