Grape Varieties C-D Cabernet Franc - Merlot

Cabernet Franc - Merlot Wine

The Merlot-Cabernet Franc duet is an established and important variant on the classic Bordeaux blend, particularly on the Right Bank. It is used in the prestigious and Saint-Émilion and Pomerol appellations, and makes some very high profile wines.

Merlot is usually used in higher proportions in this blend, thanks in part to its broad appeal and higher profile than Cabernet Franc. It provides most of the fruit component, offering up flavors of mulberries, plum and dark berries. Perhaps more fundamentally, Merlot is well suited to the clay of the Right Bank, and (pre-global warming at least) a more reliable ripener.

Cabernet Franc adds more perfumed fragrances, usually with a distinctive herbal note. Used in higher proportions, it may also add some tobacco-leaf and green bell pepper characteristics. Among Cabernet Franc-dominant blends, Château Cheval Blanc is by far the best known.

The combination has long been an institution on the Right Bank, but the wide spread of these two varieties has seen experimentation from several corners of the winegrowing world. In the US, some top wines are made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc (often with the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon) in California, Washington and New York. The blend is also made in Tuscany and Puglia in Italy.

In the southern hemisphere, Merlot - Cabernet Franc blends are popular in regions that have developed reputations for producing quality Bordeaux-style wines. Examples include South Africa's Stellenbosch region and Hawke's Bay in New Zealand.

Food matches for Merlot - Cabernet Franc wines include:

  • Braised lamb with truffles
  • Roasted wild boar
  • Steak with red wine sauce

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Most Popular Cabernet Franc - Merlot Wine

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Wine Name
Avg Price
Chateau Lafleur, Pomerol, France Pomerol 87th 96 $895
Chateau La Fleur-Petrus, Pomerol, France Pomerol 94th 93 $250
Chateau L'Evangile, Pomerol, France Pomerol 136th 94 $246
Chateau L'Eglise-Clinet, Pomerol, France Pomerol 165th 94 $267
Chateau La Gaffeliere, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, France Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 283rd 92 $87
Chateau Latour a Pomerol, Pomerol, France Pomerol 359th 92 $108
Chateau Hosanna, Pomerol, France Pomerol 545th 93 $177
Chateau d'Aiguilhe, Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux, France Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux 588th 89 $30
La Mondotte, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, France Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 658th 94 $257
Massetino Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Toscana IGT 1,109th 91 $468
Chateau Moulin Saint-Georges, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, France Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 1,436th 90 $44
Chateau La Croix Saint-Georges, Pomerol, France Pomerol 1,520th 90 $66
Chateau Montlandrie, Cotes de Castillon, France Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux 1,598th 89 $25
Chateau Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, France Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 1,728th 88 $40
Clos du Clocher, Pomerol, France Pomerol 2,032nd 91 $64
Chateau Haut Sarpe, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, France Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2,137th 88 $57
Blason de l'Evangile, Pomerol, France Pomerol 2,173rd 90 $68
Chateau La Serre, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, France Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2,451st 89 $51
Chateau La Croix du Casse, Pomerol, France Pomerol 2,538th 88 $36
Chateau Lagrange, Pomerol, France Pomerol 2,765th 90 $47
Tenuta di Trinoro 'Palazzi' Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Toscana IGT 2,858th 93 $183
Chateau Faizeau Selection Vieilles Vignes, Montagne-Saint-Emilion, France Montagne-Saint-Emilion 3,523rd 88 $28
Mahler-Besse Cheval Noir, Saint-Emilion, France Saint-Emilion 3,594th 87 $24
Chateau Laforge, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, France Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 3,696th 90 $55
Chateau des Annereaux, Lalande-de-Pomerol, France Lalande-de-Pomerol 3,988th 89 $22
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