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FRONSAC...the bridesmaid of Bordeaux.

  • PRESS CLUB 20 Yerba Buena Lane San Francisco, CA, 94130 United States (map)


Once extremely famous and fashionable, the Bordeaux right bank appellation of FRONSAC possesses a very similar terroir to that of the more currently known St.Emilion, to which it is adjacent.

Recognized as spectacular quality-price denomination, Fronsac Like Saint-Emilion, just a few miles to the east, has a picturesque landscape made up of woodland and hills. It also has a rich history reaching back hundreds of years, when the area was much favored by French nobility. Wines labeled Fronsac must be made from grapes grown some distance from the alluvial soils close to the banks of the Dordogne. It is the slightly higher land beginning just a few hundred meters to the north that produces the better vines. The soils here are composed more of sandstone and limestone than clay, giving the vines a certain resistance to hotter weather. In vintages like 2003, when the temperatures in August regularly exceeded 104F (40C), grapes grown in Fronsac produced better-balanced wines than other, more-famous Bordeaux appellations.

Merlot is the dominant grape in Fronsac and is regularly paired with Cabernet FrancMalbec is used to add complexity to the wines and Cabernet Sauvignon may also be included, although it is less commonly used because it doesn't ripen as well in the appellation's cooler soils.

The second half of the 20th century was a time of improvement in Fronsac's wines, as they attracted attention from further afield than their established European markets. New technology and a change in winemaking philosophy have led to continued progress and the appellation now offers affordable alternatives to the high-priced wines of the MedocPomerol and Saint-Emilion.

Join us for an in-depth seminar on the history, terroir, trends and specifics of the FRONSAC AOC appellation as well as guided tasting of an awesome lineup of the most representative and respected wineries of this denomination.

Marion Merker from one of Fronsac’s leading estates, Chateau de La Dauphine, will be co-presenting the seminar and available for any questions.

WHEN: 2017 APRIL 10th (Monday) - 11:00AM to 1:30pm

WHERE: PRESS CLUB, 20 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103

COST: FREE FOR TRADE & CURRENT NASA MEMBERS - Renew your membership here !

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