Cabernet Franc, Quintessence 2012, B Dorsaz Valais
Cabernet Sauvignon, as you probably know, is the offspring of Cabernet Franc. Cab Franc was crossed with Sauvignon Blanc to create Cabernet Sauvignon. It is one of the Bordeaux varieties and has been around for centuries. It is also grown throughout Europe, the United States, New Zealand and Australia – all over the world in fact. Cab Franc is a lot more aromatic and is often used in blends. Personally I think it’s even better on its own.
Nose – Green pepper, mocha, caramel and cigar box.
Palate – Young tannins, although rich and smooth and subtle enough. A good boost of alcohol with a rich chocolaty feel to it, which envelops the entire palate. Love it!
Food match – Coq-au-Vin, the quintessential French dish (it is a chic chicken casserole really) composed of chicken, red wine, bacon, shallot, mushrooms and often served with garlic croutons. It has been around since the time of Julius Caesar.
Mood match – A sexy wine that will put you in a sexy mood. Music match – Sade on full volume and enjoy!
Let it breathe and open up a bit by decanting at least an hour before serving.
Tip – if you don’t have a decanter, a jug or even a vase will do the trick although they may not look too gracious.
And lastly, while on the subject of Cab Franc, if you ever have the chance to try Cheval Blanc from the Saint-Émilion region in Bordeaux do so, as it is an exquisite drop – being approximately 60 percent Cabernet Franc!
Nina Bobillier is a wine reviewer and guide. firstname.lastname@example.org