Cabernet Franc

Name of varietal: Cabernet Franc

Common synonyms: breton, bouchy, bidure, bouchet, cabernet franco, capbreton rouge, kaberne frank, noir dur
 
Parentage of the grape: it’s a chicken or egg scenario. Cab Franc has been determined as one of the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon (the other is Sauvignon Blanc). 
 
History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But its historic moment came In the 17th century when Cardinal Richelieu selected it for the garden of Abbaye de St. Nicolas de Bourgeuil, where it was attended by an abbot named Breton (hence the local synonym). Plantings spread into Bordeaux in the 18th century, where it met its life partner Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Sauvignon came into existence. It is now mostly used as a blending grape there. However in the Loire and Southwest France, it is still vinified as a varietal wine in the likes of Bourgeuil, Chinon, Tauraine, Saumur, Anjou and the few reds of Read more »

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  • Chateau Moulinet Pomerol 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £26 from the www.cellartrade.co.uk ... blend ... blend of 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc and was aged in oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb.There is some blackcurrant,blackbery and plum style fruit but the tannins were a little more astringent than I expected for a bottle... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Château de Tiregand Pécharmant 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from a shop in London's Kensington ... ... ... cabernet sauvignon,18% cabernet franc and 5% malbec,and was aged in oak barrels for 12 months.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast pork and I was impressed. It is a full-bodied wine with plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and black cherry style f... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Haut-Piquat Lussac Saint-Emilion 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Rancho Ventavo Cellars Cabernet Franc 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Throughout my global wine travels, the winegrowers I meet offer a unified ... ... ... 3% petit Verdot and 1% cabernet franc. Proportion of cabernet sauvignon, in the vintage 2016, is the highest we have used for years, and merlot the lowest. Cabernet is extremely delicious in 2016. Both vintages, 2016 and 2015, will age perfectly but with 2 d... Read More

    From the article A Vintage Success Story (To Everyone's Surprise)


  • Chateau de Fontenille Bordeaux Rose 2016

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    Clean and aromatic with flower petal notes and fresh cherries, a touch of mixed berry and some strawberry notes. On the palate this has a pleasant medium-full mouthfeel, nice heft and notes of cherry, watermelon and crisp minerality, this finishes with aearthy resin and raspberry. 89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Benegas Lynch Libertad Estate Single Vineyard Old Vines Blend Mendoza 2009

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    Generous and ripe fruit notes of red currant, black cherry and toasted oak with light sawdust and earth notes. Juicy and spiced on the palate with notes of clove, cinnamon and black cherry with a darker blackberry preserve and black currant fruit coming through on the mid palate - gorgeous round mouthfeel and a balanced touch of tannin adding so... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2014

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    Chalky, dusty aromas of blackberry and black cherry. In the mouth this has pleasant spice and nice fruit flavors of black cherry, blackberry, nicely balanced with a touch of spice and a pleasantly tannic finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • I had roast chicken last night and I started a bottle of L'Ardoise Domaine ... ... is a blend of 90% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon and it was an absolutely lovely accompaniment.There is plenty of a blackcurrant,cherry and menthol style fruit with soft but structured tyannins.This is not the first cuvee I have had from this domaine... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Domaine des Rochelles Anjou l'Ardoise 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £11 from the website www.houseoftownend.com. ... ... cuvee consists of 90% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast chicken.There is plenty of a blackcurrant,cherry and menthol style fruit with soft but structured tannins.In short,this is a lovely wine th... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • This is the cab franc I love best so far... http://stoneflyvineyards.windsorvineyards.coresense.com/index/page/static/subpage/about_cabFranc

    Comment by 87843napagirl68 87843 napagirl68


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