A varietal lighter than Cabernet Sauvignon, making a bright pale red wine that contributes finesse and lends a peppery perfume to blends with more robust grapes. Cabernet Franc is very similar to Cabernet Sauvignon, but buds and ripens at least a week earlier. This trait allows the vine to thrive in slightly cooler climates than Cabernet Sauvignon. Adapting to a wide variety of vineyard soil types, it seems to thrive in sandy, chalk soils, producing heavier, more full bodied wines there. Terroir based differences can be perceived between wines made from grapes grown in gravel versus limestone slopes. The grape is highly yield sensitive, with over-cropping producing wines with more green, vegetal notes.