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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  • Château Batailley Pauillac 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac 1998


    I bought this bottle of wine for £40 from the website ... sauvignon,25% merlot,3% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot and spent 18 months in oak barrels.The average vine age is 40 years.I started my bottle last night with my supper of baked chicken breast There is some blackcurrant,blueberry and blackberry style fruit with overtones of licorice... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Château la Pointe Red Bordeaux Blend Pomerol 2014


    I bought this bottle of wine for 26 euros on my last visit to Calais.The ... ... ... of 82% merlot and 18% cabernet franc and spent 18 months in oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb.There is plenty of a blackcurrant and plum style fruit with a hint of vanilla and smooth,soft but structured tannins. In short... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • I know it is already the 7th, but belated Happy New Year anyway.  I ... ... perhaps?  Very light Cabernet Franc could blend well with PN (I have tasted some cool climate versions of this and they are fine - but usually not something I would create if the PN vintage is a good one - or the vines themselves especially worthy.But there are no rule... Read More

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  • Ayoub Winery out of Oregon blends Pinot with Cabernet Franc it is called Mojo. I asked him why he said they were his two favorite wines. It’s actually very good Read More

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  • Atamisque Catalpa Assemblage 2013


    Smooth and yummy. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Had a glass of wine from three bottles last night a Cabernet Franc from Abeja  Southern Rhône blend from Rotie both Washington wines, and then a glass of Uccelleria Brunello with dinner,if that Coravin doesn’t work as advertised I am in deep trouble, had exciting Christmas wife back in hospital,but home now doing fine did open bottle of champagn... Read More

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  • You know the wines of Tuscany, sure – but it’s such a blanket term. ... of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, although the proportions change. It’s a Wine Spectator Top 100 favorite – and a favorite of mine, too. The first vintage dates back to 2000, leading the way for other Maremma producers to experiment with non-indigenous grape varieta... Read More

    From the article One of Tuscany's Best Kept Secrets

  • Chateau Moly Puisseguin Saint Emilion 2016


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • After all the Christmas and New Year festivities, I have to escape for a good ... Saumur-Champigny and Chinon (Cabernet Franc from around the Anjou-Saumur region) and Barbara d’Asti the soft Italian from Piemonte, go well with milder Korma, Rogan Josh and Pacanda dishes. Interestingly, I’ve recently been served these wines slightly chilled to ... Read More

    From the article Can you pair wine with curry?

  • This is the cab franc I love best so far...

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