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Wine: Cabernet Franc’s time to shine

Will the public learn to love these wines?

By Barry Smith   October 2015

Cabernet Franc is often thought of as the poor relation of the Cabernet family—its progeny, Cabernet Sauvignon, has until now stolen the limelight. But things may be about to change. Many New World winemakers are beginning to realise the difficulties of making a great wine with Cabernet Sauvignon, given the growing conditions and climates of the regions where they work. Brand recognition notwithstanding, Cabernet Franc may be a better bet.

Cabernet Franc is more versatile than its majestic offspring. It can be grown in…

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