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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  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • Chinon

    Chinon Chinon is the most important red-wine appellation in the Touraine part of the Loire...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • Italy

    Wine in Italy is as much an integral part of everyday culture as love, family, cuisine and usin...

  • Loire

      The Loire River valley is a massively varied viticultural region in northwestern France. I...

  • Bordeaux

    Located around the Gironde estuary and along the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, Bordeaux is one o...

  • Canada

      Canada’s wine-making history is relatively short. Beginning in the early 1800s, some of th...

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  • Jessup Cellars

    Owners Dan and Becky Blue, Roy and Cheri Eisiminger and Vance and Jana Thompson are proud to pres...

  • Bond

    BOND: A stable of Napa Valley thoroughbreds — ultimately six Cabernet-based wines — assembled und...

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

      Screaming Eagle is a small winery based in Oakville, California. The original 57-acre (23 ...

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    Michael Pozzan Winery is owned and operated by Michael and Mary Ann Pozzan, both natives of Calif...

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Cabernet Franc on Snooth

  • Smith Wooten Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 2010

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    Very nice Napa Cab Franc. Rhubarb and a touch of menthol on the nose. Medium bodied, rhubarb, dark cherries, ripe plums, medium to fine tannins, medium acidity and a medium to long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Chateau Clarendelle Rose Bordeaux 2012

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    ANSWER TO A SOMMELIER'S PRAYER !When Clarence Dillon bid for the best venerable ... Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc. As long as anyone can remember, this was the table wine of Chateau Haut-Brion, first because it is a pure Bordeaux Rose, second because it is food-friendly, eminently drinkable, dry and delicious, and lastly because it ... Read More

    Wine review by Yossel


  • Chateau Ferrand Lartigue Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 1997

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, a typical right bank blend, and spends time in oak barrels. I opened my bottle last night with my supper of lamb chops and I did enjoy it. There is a blackcurrant, plum and cherry style fruit there and some well-structured tannins. It had softened u... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Townsend T3 Columbia Valley NV

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    Created from three different vineyards and a combination of a miniumum of 3 vintage years. Read More

    Wine review by kimberlyaurora


  • Thomas Barton Reserve Saint Emilion 2007

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    very good Read More

    Wine review by grosiramazonplus


  • Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2012

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    This one was such a thrill from the moment I opened the bottle till I finished the last drop. This has to be the finest wine I've tasted this year. Mellow entry, aroma is a burst of grape. Vanilla, raspberry, strawberry and a finish that seems to last forever. WOW Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


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  • "Yeah it's a little fuzzy and the lighting is off too. I'll ... Lang and Reed north coast cabernet franc" No image displays at all. I do see *text* which says 'Displaying photo.jpg'. Very strange. Haven't seen that bug on this site before. Suggest you try again in a new post.&nbs Read More

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  • It's been a lazy Tuesday afternoon; I fed rescue cats this morning but I ... I ... It consists of 51% Cabernet Franc, 22% Petit Verdot, 16% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon. &nbs Read More

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  • Wine writers are not a homogeneous lot. We come in all shapes and sizes, and ... is so delicious; ditto the Cabernet Franc). The second tasting is of the final assemblage, which usually includes an opportunity to check in on a couple of older vintages of this grand California wine. Monte Bellos typically require 10 years or more in bottle befo... Read More

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  • 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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