Darby Higgs wrote:Just caught up with this thread. Cabernet franc is fairly widely grown in Australia, but it is unfortunately too much in the shadow of Cabernet Sauvignon. There has been a bit of a trend towards making varietal Cab franc wines over recent years and I have about 60 wineries listed on my database as making varietal Cabernet franc. In Australia that means it must be at least 85% of that variety. Many more wineries use some Cab franc in "Bordeaux-style" blends. The fruit flavour profile of Cab franc is more suited to lighter bodied wines, and as the trend away from big reds continues we may see even more interest in the variety - I certainly hope so.
Tim York wrote:Bob Parsons Alberta. wrote:WTN: `09 Bourgueil Domaine Lefief.
Little known producer, part of the Loirevinsdomaines group (a small circle of producers). $18 Cdn, good natural cork, opened and decanted one hour.
Lightish colour, purple hints, not a lot of depth. Good aromatic herbal nose, more tannins as it warms and opens. Very berryish but pretty average CF.
Day 2 was more approachable as finish softened up but not the greatist buy imo.
Bob, I wonder what is deterring your suppliers from going to the really good Bougueil producers like Amirault, la Butte (Blot), Breton, Druet, Chevalerie (Caslot) or Mabileau. Of course, I applaud enterprising discoverers of exciting new estates but this one doesn't seem to qualify as one of those.
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