Cabernet Franc is more often seen as one of the "minority" grapes in Bordeaux wines (as an early-ripener, it is used to add fruit and herbaceous aromas to a sometimes unripe Cabernet Sauvignon) and on its own in lighter style red wines from the Loire region. This is an IGP wine (previously "Vin de Pays") - its grapes are sourced more in a New World style from the best growers in Roussillon and from Gayda's own vineyards in the Langudoc so it cannot qualify for a specific AOC/ AOP classification. If I were pushed to choose, it is closer to the Bordeaux style with its intense aromas and medium to full body though it is actually unique in style and definitely worth a try.
This wine is beautifully fragrant, very fruity and slightly lighter in body than previous vintages
. The concentrated, ripe fruit aromas include cassis, black cherries, raspberries and some floral notes
such as lilac. They continue on the palate and extend from intense black fruits and raspberry to hints of caramel, graphite and liquorice developed from the oak ageing.
Domaine Gayda uses only 20% new oak in this wine so the effects are quite subtle. This is quite an elegant wine, more so than in the last two vintages and certainly more than you might expect for an IGP
. It is medium in body and retains the great balance of fruit, very fine tannins and refreshing acidity. Delicious!
Cabernet Franc's acidity and body make it a good match for a number of different foods. Its herbaceous characteristics make it a particularly good match for game, lamb, duck and for herby and olive- and tomato-based dishes. It will go well with most red meats, with mushrooms, peppers and with many cheeses including brie, camembert, smoked cheeses and even goats cheese.
"Opaque, perfumed with fragrant black cherry, cassis and spice. Full bodied, intense with countless layers of flavour including blackcurrant, cedar and graphite. Dense fruit on the palate is bound by a structure of fine grained tannins and a lively acidity. This wine shows great depth and character and yet is refined with a long, elegant finish."