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1988 Ch. Canon de Brem, Fronsac

1988 Ch. Canon de Brem, Fronsac

Red | Drink now | Chateau Canon Fronsac | Code:  907425 | 1988 | France > Bordeaux > Canon-Fronsac | Cab.Sauvignon Blend | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 12.5 % alcohol

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The Producer

Chateau Canon Fronsac

Chateau Canon Fronsac

The Grape

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

The Region

Canon-Fronsac

Canon-Fronsac

Canon-Fronsac has a rich history reaching back hundreds of years, and until the 19th century it enjoyed much appeal among the French aristocracy.

Some of the classic Bordeaux grapes are encountered here Merlot and Cabernet Franc, as well as small planting of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, the latter being little used because it doesn't ripen as well in the cooler climate of the area.

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