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The Chinon sub-region in the Loire Valley of France produces mainly red wines made from cabernet franc.Cabernet franc is one of the two parents of cabernet sauvignon, along with sauvignon blanc.Wines made from cabernet franc are much lighter in style than those from cabernet sauvignon – pale and bright reds that tend to be consumed young but can be cellared for at least a decade. A colleague and I tasted three cabernet francs from Domaine des Pallus, near Cravant in the Chinon area. Domaine de Pallus tends 18 hectares of cabernet franc. The wine also comes from established vines, with an average age of 40 years.Spring and summer were very hot and dry during the 2011 vintage, followed by a humid and warm late summer and autumn. As a treat, the estate supplied a bottle of the 1969 vintage Domaine de Pallus, to show how cabernet franc evolves.
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