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 Moulins-Listrac Red Bordeaux Blend Puisseguin-St. Émilion 1983

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    fruits and oak dominate, with a touch of spices. mainly blackcurrants and cherries. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Day Wines Running Bare Mae's Vineyard Applegate Valley 2014

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    Floral cherry and licorice aromas. Delicate and flavorful on the palate with notes of cranberry, cherry and strawberry, chunky tannins coming through on the mid palate and a finish of medicine and a touch of cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Here in the United States we are on a first-name basis with our wine grapes. ... ... Valley 2014Tannat, Cot, Cabernet FrancFloral cherry and licorice aromas. Delicate and flavorful on the palate with notes of cranberry, cherry and strawberry, chunky tannins coming through on the mid palate and a finish of medicine and a touch of cream.Onx Win... Read More

    From the article The Rise of Non-Traditional Wine Blends


  • Domaine Gonet-Medeville Bordeaux Superieur Cru Mon Plaisir 2014

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    young and fruity, very inviting! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau Liversan Haut-Medoc 2003

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... cabernet sauvignon and 1% cabernet franc and was aged in oak barrels. I started the bottle last night with my supper of chicken breast wrapped in bacon and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a blackcurranbt and blueberry style fruit there and the tannins are soft but well structur... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Skyfall Columbia Valley Red Blend 2014

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    Decent enough for the price point with red berry fruits - cherry mainly - and a touch of blueberry. Earthy notes add to relatively mild tannins and good acidity. 87 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • I don't know about that Fox but you're right, I was interested in the ... of the grapes used today: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Kékfrankos, Kadarka, Blauburger, Kékoportó, Kékmedoc, Zweigelt. That last one didn't even exist before the 1900s, so it's not part of any tradition. But they used to plant different varieti... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Chteau Puygueraud Francs Cote Bordeaux 2009

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    Not a subtle wine at all. 24+ months of oak aging result in a wonderful blackberry and sweet black currant on a wave choolate, sweet dark cherries tannins and balanced acidity. This is oipulent and generous. Well done - 92 points - drink or hold - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • I am the owner and winemaker at Chateau Niagara winery in Newfane, NY. We are a small lot winery of artisan French and Eastern European wines.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Chateau les Abeilles Saint Georges Saint Emilion 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket where it was on special ... consists of 80% merlot,10% cabernet franc,9% cabernet sauvignon and 1% malbec and was aged in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb and I did enjoy it. There is plenty of a blackberry and bramble style fruit there and there is a... 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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