Cabernet Franc (100 percent) from 30-year-old vines from Eger’s Rádé vineyard. The Bordeaux variety of Cabernet Franc has found itself very much at home in Hungary. While the southern region of Villány has been building the Villányi Franc brand, Cabernet Franc also thrives in the cooler climate and volcanic soils of Eger, which provide the impressive structure-building acidic backbone. It was made by winemaker Balázs Havas, who decided against filtering the wine in order to keep the wine’s fine flavors at their fullest. He has managed to capture the grape’s highly sought herbaceous, leafy note by picking in earlier rather than later on the cusp of full ripeness, well before the grapes became overripe. It also has juicy fruitiness and spiciness in abundance. There are pronounced aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, tobacco, autumn leaves, cassis and truffles. The lively and long acidity brings tension and makes the wine very long and refined on the palate. Medium-plus rather than full-bodied, but really complex and elegant. The ideal companion for red meat and game.