What is it famous for?
It tends to play support act to Cabernet Sauvignon (and Merlot) but in St-Emilion in Bordeaux (Right Bank) – it makes for 65% of the famous Cheval Blanc label.
Where does it grow?
It is one of the three key grapes of Bordeaux – the other two being Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot – but rises to a more kingly status in the cooler climes of the Loire Valley, most particularly in Chinon and Bourgueil (both lovely places to visit).
What does it taste like?
Brambles and woody aromas!
Tastes great with:
White meat and Portobello mushroom stews with fresh herbs.
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