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What is the main varietal used in Loire, France, to make red wine?
—Yoon-sik, Seoul, South Korea
Cabernet Franc is the dominant red wine grape in France's Loire region. You'll see bottlings bearing the names of the regions where Cabernet Franc is from, like Chinon and Bourgueil. These wines showcase typical Franc characteristics of red and black fruit, olive, tobacco, chalk and mineral notes.
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