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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  • France

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  • Chinon

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  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

    Rutherford Wine Company is family owned and managed with a portfolio of wines representing the ri...

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      To Don Sebastiani and Sons, family is clearly an important aspect of winemaking. While ...

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  • Jessup Cellars

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Cabernet Franc on Snooth

  • Simoneau Vineyards Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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    What a Cabernet! Absolutely delicious. I'm used to drinking Silver Oak Alexander Valley, and Jordan. This has more character and more elegance than anything I've had out of Alexander Valley so far. I'm a huge fan and look forward to seeing what he does in the future. I'm excited I found this winemaker. Read More

    Wine review by allenmadison


  • Te Mata Estate Red Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay Coleraine 2009

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    This was my first NZ Cabernet blend and it definitely won't be my last. Dark berries, good acidity, smooth tannins and a long finish. A very elegant wine. Read More

    Wine review by BradoP


  • Welcome, Karl! Can you tell us about wines you're drinking and liking from ... noir, nebbiolo, merlot and cabernet franc should also be interestin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Hi together!I am a passionate wine lover since 1982, having tasted a lot of vines. My prefernces are wines of France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Special prefernces: Burgundy, Piemont, Pomerol.  Read More

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  • Cabernet d'Anjou

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    Heerlijke rosewijn, licht zoet. Fris opdienen. Ideale terraswijn Read More

    Wine review by devosp


  • Le Paradis Chinon 2012

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    black cherry, licorice, vanilla....smooth full bodied red with a fairly dry finish... Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer


  • Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon les Granges 2010

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    Lots of fresh herbaceous blackberry on the nose here, coupled with refreshing hints of menthol and cough drop. My better half and I both though the nose was a bit like a dolcetto. On the palate it was slightly less complex. Lots of plush, soft tannin and a delicate balance of flavors. The body was a defining characteristic of this wine - very mo... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Yay!  It's Friday!  Whoo hoo...   Currently, I am ... ... having later- 2009 Gridley Cabernet Franc, sold to me by my new wine shop guy.  I have no experience with this winery, but their notes say to decant for awhile...  100% Cab Fran Read More

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  • Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2011

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    Good blend of blackberry and black cherry, complimented by vibrant acidity with subtle earthy spice notes; fine tannins, moderate finish. Read More

    Wine review by cgplayer9


  • Chateau Robin 2009

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    Wine review by Gooch37


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

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