Aged for 9 months in American & French oak, 100% Cabernet Franc. Our 2013 Marquis de Lafayette opens with notes of violets, candied strawberries & baking spices on the nose, followed by flavors of red cherries, chocolate, and tobacco. Silky smooth, fruit-driven with well-integrated tannins. This 100% estate grown Cabernet Franc is a shining example of how well the grape grows in Virginia's climate and soils. The wines made from Cabernet Franc usually result in medium bodied spicy red wines, that do an excellent job of showing the terroir the grapes were grown in. The first plantings of Cabernet Franc at Breaux Vineyards were in 1985 on VSP trellis in “B” block. The most recent plantings (2001-2004) were on lyre trellis at 1000 vines per acre. 6.9 acres of Cabernet Franc is grown in 3 vineyard blocks (B, D, T) on the Breaux Vineyards estate; each achieving a distinct flavor profile due to site and clone/rootstock selection. Elevations range from 750-850 feet.