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 Lamartine Cotes de Castillon 2004

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £7 from the website ... cabernet sauvignon,5% cabernet franc and 5% malbec and was aged in cement vats.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb. There is plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and cherry style fruit with a hint of smoke or cigar box and soft but structured tannins. In short,this is a ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • As a long-time resident of Philadelphia, trips to “Wine Country” ... also has a wonderful unoaked Cabernet Franc.On Cayuga Lake, no run-down of the “old guard” would be complete without Swedish Hill (try the Optimus, a Bordeaux blend); Sheldrake Point (who, among many stellar wines, has a Gamay Noir and a Reserve Gamay of which the folks in Be... Read More

    From the article This world-class wine region was in my backyard.


  • How does an iconic Napa Valley winery celebrate seventy-five years of making ... Petite Verdot, 4% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Syrah. It is young and full of life. Notes of cherry, plum, spice, roses, cassis, sweet tobacco, cedar, and licorice are layered on the palate. It’s rich and opulent — yet elegant — with high tannins and acidity,... Read More

    From the article Napa Valley History in a Glass


  • Chateau Cartier Saint Emilion Grand Cru 1998

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from the website ... is ac blend of merlot and cabernet franc Chateau Cartier is 100% merlot.I started the bottle last night with my supper of lamb chops.There is some blackcurrant and plum style fruit but the overiding impresion is of a dry and austere wine.In short,this is an OK wine but not one to write h... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Keenan Winery produces Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa ... ... Mailbox Reserve Merlot, Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain, Syrah Napa Valley , Zinfandel Napa Valley, Mernet proprietary red blend, Chardonnay Napa Valley and Summer Blend (white blend).  On the estate, the winery grows: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Varietals Produced at...


  • Murrieta's Well the Spur Red Blend Livermore Valley 2015

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    Floral aromas of fresh licorice, black cherry and blackberry, a touch of green pepper and spice adding some complexity and a creamy vanilla note. This is lively and fun on the palate with juicy and jammy black cherry and purple fruit, fun cinnamon, vanilla bean and black pepper spice, gentle tannins and good acidity throughout. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chateau Tour de Tourteau Cotes de Bourg 2016

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    I bought this half bottle of wine from a shop in Calais where it was on ... ... ... and is a blend of merlot.cabernet franc and malbec although I do not know in what proportions.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb.There is plenty of blackcurrant,plum and black cherry style fruit with hints of cigar box and vanilla esp... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Laporte 'Le Bouquet' Val de Loire France Cabernet Franc 2015

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    expressing little fanfare it is pleasant and distinct. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • 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


  • 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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