THE ADVOCATE 387
By Michael Welsh, Q.C.*
VOL. 78 PART 3 MAY 2020
It’s weird when people start sentences with ‘frankly’—as if their other
sentences don’t count.
Frankly, I guess I am with Clark Gable, as this
article is about Franc, the other cabernet that is
the esteemed but often overlooked ancestor to
Cabernet Sauvignon.1 As for Frank (pictured
here on a blustery March day), I will return to
his storied past and pastoral present later.
Cabernet Franc is well suited to cooler, inland
climates such as the Loire and the Libournais
area of eastern Bordeaux (where it is sometimes
called “Bouchet”). There, it matures more than
a week before Cabernet Sauvignon. On the left
bank of the Gironde in Bordeaux, particularly in
the Médoc and Graves regions, where it consti-
Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.
—Rhett Butler (played by Clark Gable) in Gone with the Wind
Frank the Baggage Handler
* Michael Welsh, Q.C., carries on a litigation and ADR practice in the South Okanagan and is a very frank bencher.