(3% of total cultivation area )
As with the Merlot, Cabernet Franc was introduced to our winery in 1995. A younger brother to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc could be described as belonging to the “Nobles” of the grape family. In order to keep the disagreeable vegetal aromas to a minimum, it is important that a Cabernet reaches it` s upmost maturity. This is the reason why more often than not the earlier ripening Cabernet Franc is preferred, as opposed to the Cabernet Sauvignon. The time we started Cabernet Franc has not yet officially been released in the Pfalz, only being available to a small few. We, for example, have been given trial cultivation approval. From our experience, we certainly confirm a favorable result. In the meantime there is an official permit in the Pfalz for it`s production.
Main planted areas are Bordeaux, in France, as well as Loire in Bourgueil and Champigny near Saumur.
Characteristics and requirements:
Large grape clusters with small, round, thick skinned berries are typical for the Cabernet Franc. In order to reach the desired maturity it is necessary to apply timely green pruning methods to the not yet ripened grapes. As with the Merlot, Cabernet Franc is not particular when it comes to site conditions however, due to the dangers of late frost damage, heat retaining soils are favored.