Wine Talk: Frankly Cabernet

27.10.2011                      29.Tischrei. 5772

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Wine Talk: Frankly Cabernet

After being planted here in the 19th century and almost disappearing in later years, the Cabernet Franc has been making a comeback.

Cabernet Franc is a grape variety that is becoming more popular in Israel.
However, it is not new here. In the 19th century, when Baron Edmond de Rothschild first insisted on planting varieties from Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc was planted along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Originally more Cabernet Franc was planted than the other two varieties. In those days it was known as Bouchet or, confusingly, Bordo.
However, it gradually disappeared, as yields were too low for the growers, and there was no market for a more expensive table wine. The wine consumer then wanted inexpensive kiddush wines or altar and communion wine “from the Holy Land.” Quality grape varieties were not needed for “liquid religion” wines. So when the noble Bordeaux grapes became affected by phylloxera, the louse that devastated vineyards throughout Europe, they were grubbed up and replaced with Carignan and Alicante….