Many consider Hector Durigutti Argentina's top authorities when it comes to Cabernet Franc. He and his brother Pablo are crafting some of the most exciting examples in the world at their Mendoza based winery.
The Wine Buyer had a chance to visit with Hector last year, and it was amazing to witness his excitement for Cabernet Franc. While it's one of the major black grape varieties worldwide, outside of Argentina its primary importance lies in blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in Bordeaux. The Loire region of France produces a stand-alone Cabernet Franc called Chinon, but Mendoza is becoming one of the few places you can find a 100% Cabernet Franc.
Unlike it's cousins in France, Durigutti's version is more similar to a Cabernet Sauvignon with full-bodied flavors, ripe tannins and outstanding length. One of the Top 3 Cabernet's in Argentina according to James Suckling!
Brother's Hector and Pablo Durigutti are among the most well-known young winemakers in Argentina. Hector first became known for his work alongside Alberto Antonini as one of the co-founders of Altos Las Hormigas and Pablo with La Rural, a winery now owned by Catena. Hector is also the head winemaker for La Madrid, producing our 2015 Wine of the Year: the top selling La Madrid Malbec Reserva 2012.