The Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac appellations are centered around the town of Fronsac on the Dordogne River, northwest of Saint-Émilion on Bordeaux’s Right Bank. They produce only red wines, typically from a base of Cabernet Franc with small amounts of Merlot.
Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac wines are known to be big and full-flavored, with firm tannin structure that may benefit from aging. Canon-Fronsac, situated within Fronsac, generally produces fuller-bodied and more complex wines, as suggested by its required minimum alcohol content, a half point higher than Fronsac’s. The improved quality of recent vintages and a new, softer style produced by the latest generation of winemakers have created renewed interest in wines from the Fronsac area. This thriving appellation is producing some of the best values in Bordeaux.