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Chateau de Francs History, Overview
Chateau de Francs is one of the oldest properties in the Bordeaux region, with a history that dates back almost 2,000 years. At the time of its birth, until it became a vineyard, the estate was used as a military fortress.
The remnants of a gate constructed in the 1600’s is the first thing you see at Chateau de Francs. Those antique remains clearly point out the long history of Chateau de Francs in the region.
The modern era for Chateau de Francs begins in 1985, when Hubert de Bouard of Chateau Angelus in St. Emilion, along with Dominique Hebrard purchased the property. Dominique Hebrard, like Hubert de Bouard were both well-known and experienced in Bordeaux. As I mentioned, at the time of the purchase, Hubert de Bouard was the owner of Chateau Angelus.
Dominique Hebrard was previously one of the owners of Chateau Cheval Blanc. Today, Dominique Hebrard is also responsible for the wine making at Chateaux Chadeuil and Graves de Barrau as well as at Chateau Trianon in Saint Emilion.
Once the new owners took over Chateau de Francs, they began a program of extensive renovations to the entire estate that included the cellars, vat rooms and wine making facilities, as well as replanting parts of the vineyard at Chateau de Francs.
Chateau de Francs, Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 40 hectare vineyard of Chateau de Francs is planted to 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon for the red wine. The 2.5 hectares that have been reserved for the production of dry white Bordeaux wine are planted to 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon.
Although the overwhelming majority of the production of is dedicated to making red wine. The terroir is clay and limestone soils, which is similar to what you find at many of the better estates in St. Emilion.
For the production of Chateau de Francs, the vinification takes place in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged in a combination of tank and barrel, evenly split, using 50%, new, French oak barrels.
The vinification of Chateau de Francs Blanc takes place in French oak barrels, of which 50% is new. The wine is aged in 3% new, French oak barrels for 12 months.
Chateau de Francs also produces a high end cuvee’ from the estates oldest vines, Les Cerisiers. Les Cerisiers is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for between 12 to 14 months. The blend is usually 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
On average, the production of Chateau de Francs is close to 15,000 cases per year. In 2012, Chateau de Francs introduced a luxury cuvee, Infinity.
Chateau de Francs Infinity is a selection of the 4 best barrels of old vine Merlot from their vineyards. The wine is made from 100% Merlot and is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels. This could be the top wine in the entire Cotes de Francs appellation.
When to Drink Chateau de Francs, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau de Francs is better with at least 2-3 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour, helping the wine soften to help develop the aromatic character
Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau de Francs offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 2-8 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau de Francs with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau de Francs is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau de Francs is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau de Francs is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
The white wine of Chateau de Francs is best when served with all types of seafood, sashimi, cheese, veal, pork, chicken and cheese.
Château de Francs Wine Tasting Notes
12 Vintages 20875 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2016||Château de Francs Infinity (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)|
Dark in color, medium/full bodied, there is a lushness to the sweet fruits with freshness, that adds to the length and the character found here.
852 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2016||Château de Francs Les Cerisiers (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)|
Deeply colored, the wine is medium bodied, fresh, forward and refined, with a character showing off its red and black plum, thyme and round textured finish with ease.
1450 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château de Francs Les Cerisiers (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)|
Polished and plush, with soft, silky tannins, juicy ripe, chocolate covered plums and a sweet, fruity finish. This is quite nice this year.
1498 Views Tasted Apr 3, 2017
Dark in color, with a medium body, soft, tannins and ripe, elegant, fresh, dark red berries and a hint of cocoa at the end.
1515 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2015||Château de Francs Infinity (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)|
Dark in color, with smoke, stone, dark red fruits and thyme on the nose, the wine has a fresh, character driven personality.
673 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Château de Francs Infinity (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)|
Salty, stony, dark red fruits on the nose, good concentration of flavor and a ripe, jammy, fat, fruit filled finish. 88-90 Pts
1103 Views Tasted May 1, 2015
|2014||Château de Francs Les Cerisiers (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)|
Espresso, licorice, black raspberry and earthy scents on the nose is matched with an oaky, red plum center and soft textures. 86-88 Pts
1388 Views Tasted May 1, 2015
|2013||Château de Francs Les Cerisiers (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)|
Smoky, soft, mineral and red plum in character, the finish is sweet and tart, with its red berries. 85-88 Pts
1735 Views Tasted May 1, 2014
|2012||Château de Francs Infinity (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)|
This is the debut vintage for this 100% Merlot-based wine which is whole berry fermented in barrel and aged in 100% new French oak barrels. The production is small. Only 100 cases were produced. Cherries, minerality, oak and supple textures with medium body are the hallmarks of this wine. 89-91 Pts
1128 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2013
|2012||Château de Francs Les Cerisiers (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)|
Medium-bodied with fennel, cherries and herbs, the wine will be ready to enjoy on release. 87-89 Pts
1435 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Château de Francs Les Cerisiers (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)|
Fully mature, easy drinking, medium bodied, fresh, red plum, earth, espresso bean, green herb and thyme centered wine.
1120 Views Tasted Jan 6, 2018
|2009||Château de Francs Les Cerisiers (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)|
2009 de Francs Les Cerisiers is 90% merlot with 10% cabernet franc. Hubert de Bouard consults for the property. The wine is filled with ripe, spicy dark berries, earth, plums, cocoa and oak. With round, supple textures and good concentration of fruit, the wine ends with licorice and rich, dark berry flavors. 88-90 Pts
3286 Views Tasted Aug 26, 2010
|2008||Château de Francs Les Cerisiers (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)|
08 De Francs les Cerisiers (Cotes de Francs). This producer, located outside of St. Emilion, was a pleasant discovery. Its terroir is similar to that of La Fleur de Bouard. The deep color and ripe black raspberry filled aromatics might easily make you think this wine is a small Pomerol. Medium bodied and filled with soft black cherry and plum flavors. Here is a wine to look for in the high quality, low price category. 88-91
3692 Views Tasted Aug 1, 2009