The Bordeaux wine region has three principal red wine grape varietals – Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and the less talked about but critically important Cabernet Franc. In many cases, Bordeaux red wines are blends comprising all three grapes although to the east of the region on the so-called Right Bank (rive droite) Merlot is the most dominant grape and on the other side Left Bank (rive gauche) Cabernet Sauvignon takes the lead.
Cabernet Franc adds subtlety of flavour, aroma and beautiful lengthy of taste as well as freshness, lower tannins and good acidity. It is rare for a full 100% varietal Cabernet Franc to be found in Bordeaux. In fact there are less than ten such wines produced and marketed in all of 125,000 hectares of vineyard with 6,500 producers.
When Paradise Rescued began its sustainability project in 2010, the first and only vineyard that it owned was the Hourcat Sud block of Cabernet Franc, overlooked by the 12th century church of Cardan. There was no option but to make the best Cabernet Franc full varietal wine that we could. Initially called Cloud9, the brand was renamed B1ockOne as the series of vintages began to create a legacy. And as anyone who has tasted that first 2010, full varietal Cabernet Franc from Bordeaux is something very special.
Cabernet Franc is a medium yielding reliable and disease resistant grape variety. Sometimes when other grapes don’t do that well in the vineyard, old faithful CabFranc is there, consistently delivering good fruit. As a full varietal wine, Cabernet Franc is lighter than its two children – yes that’s correct Merlot and CabSav are the kids – but is packed with flavour, aroma and a fine taste. It is the soft feminine side of Bordeaux wine. As a grape it is regaining again in popularity as it has better ripening performance in warmer conditions currently being experienced with global warming.
We hope our passion for this future star grape of Bordeaux will will taken up by other producers. And that you will love it as much as we do.