Along with Fronsac Canon Fronsac is located just west of the town of Libourne across the river Isle from Pomerol. This region was once famous for the fruity and full red wines produced here, but in the last two centuries the fortunes of Canon Fronsac have fallen as those of Pomerol and Saint-Émilion have risen. At one point this region had all but faded into obscurity, but as of late new investment in both wine making practics and vineyard care has given forth to a sharp rise in the quality of these wines. Today they represent some of the best values in Bordeaux.
Located on a limestone ridge that runs north of a bend in the river Dordogne, Fronsac and Canon Fronsac stand apart from the other vineyards in the region in two key factors: 1) The vineyards lie at a high elevation which protects them from the frosts that are common to the area, and 2) The wines generally contain a higher percentage of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon than those of the Saint-Émilion satellite communes nearby, thus giving the wines a sturdiness seldom found in this price range. High quality and moderate pricing are two factors not normally found together in Bordeaux. The reds of Fronsac and Canon Fronsac are forward and easy drinking, but also complex and full-bodied.
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