Saumur, France

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Cabernet Franc, I just can’t quit you. I want to branch out to other grapes, but I find myself going back to this Loire Valley staple. Château de Brézé, a favorite amongst royals dating back to the 1600’s, stands out among the plethora of delicious and reasonably priced. The Brézé hill vineyard benefits from the altitude and colder weather to create a wine with refreshing acidity. A strong tannic structure makes this a more substantial Cabernet Franc compared to others in the Loire. A hint of spice, a touch of earth and some stony qualities from the limestone-rich soil make this a household staple.

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