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Cabernet Franc, Le Monde Grave del Friuli, Italy

 

The Alpine foothills of Friuli Venezia Giulia on the Italian border with Slovenia, cover a variety of altitudes and microlimates. Crisp, well defined varietal white wines and fresh, fruit oriented reds are produced from many well known and localised varieties. Pinot Grigio attains depth and character grown in this cool climate, Merlot has balance and a backbone of acidity, whilst Picolit, Tocai Friulano and Refosco are distinct regional specialities.

Producer

Le Monde is a historical winery founded in 1970 in the sleepy village of the same name. With its 45 hectares of vineyards, it represents one of the reference producers in the territory known as Grave del Friuli. It was taken over in 2008 by the Maccan family, and the winery was subsequently entrusted to the management of the young and enthusiastic Alex, who restored the 18th century historical villa and designed the image of the new vinification cellar and winery. Today Le Monde can be considered a new generation winery not only from a technological point of view but also with regards to its innovative way of interpreting wine, where tradition finds the right combination with modernity and design elegance. The wines are highly rated, achieving the top rating in the Italian wine bible ?Gambero Rosso?.Vignetti Le Monde is considered a `cru` since, unlike the other areas falling under the registered DO, it is characterised by calcerous clay soils which adds to the richness and longevity of the wine.

Tasting Notes

This Friulian Cabernet Franc is an intense ruby red in colour with a rich bouquet of black cherries and a subtle herbal note. The palate is quite light in the mouth with flavours of blackberries, black cherries and a touch of peppery spiciness. Soft tannins combine with a fresh acidity giving this well balanced wine an elegant feel.

Pairs well with red meat, chicken and game.

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