Top Loire Cabernet Franc: Panel tasting results
Cabernet Franc from the Loire is often good value and doesn’t only come in a light, fruity style. Read this report on 53 wines tasted by our three-strong expert panel, including tasting notes and ratings…
53 wines tasted with four rated Outstanding
The panel tasters were: Jim Budd, Chris Kissack and Ben Llewelyn
The ‘other’ Cabernet finds its home in a small stretch of the Loire Valley, and given the right conditions it produces distinctive, terroir-driven reds, as Jim Budd reports…
Along with neighbouring Saumur-Champigny – which isn’t included in this panel tasting – the three appellations of Chinon, Bourgueil and St-Nicolas de Bourgueil form the world’s largest concentration of high-quality Cabernet Franc. It’s also the Loire’s most significant area for red wine, clustered at the western end of Touraine.
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This article appears in the September 2018 issue of Decanter magazine, on general sale from 1 August, but is available online exclusively to Premium members.