It is the Loire region’s chief red varietal that came initially from Bordeaux region and was introduced in Loire Valley in the 11th century. It was called “ Le Breton” after the Breton priest who developed the Bourgueil Abbay vineyard.
Commonly made into a single-varietal wine, Cabernet Franc finds its true expression in the Loire Valley. François Rabelais mentioned it in his work Gargantua and Pantagruel: “I mean of the good Breton wine, not that which grows in Britain, but in the good country of Verron.” Compared to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc shows a smoother and lighter structure, with less tannin’s, which makes it pleasant to drink it even younger. It is characterized by his floral aromas of violet, blackberry or wild strawberry, much more delicate with shades than the blackcurrant, characteristic from the Cabernet Sauvignon.