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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  • Italy

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

  • Chinon

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

  • Napa

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

  • 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...

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

  • USA

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

  • Loire

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

  • Canada

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

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    Situated in the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania's Irpinia region, this highly acclai...

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    It was back in the post war period when the Santero brothers Leopoldo, Renzo, Aldo and Adelio, fo...

  • Tommasi

    Tommasi Viticoltori(Tommasi vintners) is a family viticulture firm founded in 1902. It is situat...

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    Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo, with vineyards planted to nebbiolo at heigh...

  • MASI

    The Boscaini family have been the owners of the Masi vineyards for six generations. Sandro Boscai...

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Cabernet Franc on Snooth

  • Leelanau Wine Cellars Cabernet Franc 2011

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    Wine review by calywa


  • Gill S Pier Vineyard & Winery Just Unleashed 2012

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    Decent Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Gill S Pier Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Franc/Merlot Rouge 2011

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    I really enjoyed this wine. Unexpected from Michigan. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Blue Jean California 2005

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    Wine review by JoeCon


  • Bernard Baudry Rose Chinon 2012

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    Wine review by mariel1112


  • Atwater Estate Vineyards Big Blend 2012

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    Tasting NotesA grand melding of 2011 vinifera grapes mix and mingle creating an ... 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot, 8% SyrahFood Pairing NotesEnhances a great steak, compliments lasagna, wine braised beef short ribs, and is delicious with lamb and roasted root vegetables.ProductionOur new labels are inspired by vintage w... Read More

    Wine review by meganeh


  • York Creek Vineyards Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain District 2007

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    Lacks the body I had come to expect from a Cab, even a Franc. Bouquet deepens with time though, as well as the taste; 45 minutes or more. Blended fruits leave a pleasant after taste albeit of short/moderate duration. Read More

    Wine review by tjjm


  • Clos les Lunelles Cotes de Castillon Cl 2004

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... 80% merlot and 10% each of cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon and spent 18-24 months in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of lamb chops and I did enjoy it. There is plenty of blackcurrant, plum and cherry style fruit there.but the tannins are fairly strong altho... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Beast Wildebeest Columbia Valley 2011

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    77% Syrah, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc Dark and complex on the nose with earthy scents, hints of old wood, dry herbs, eucalyptus, woodland spice, leather and white pepper over dried berry fruits. Its intense and complex on the nose. vaguely sweet on entry, this is a big wine, ripe and chewy but well balanced and certainly not over... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Red blends. We know what that means, right? It’s a code word for sweet ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc Dark and complex on the nose with earthy scents, hints of old wood, dry herbs, eucalyptus, woodland spice, leather and white pepper over dried berry fruits. It’s intense and complex on the nose. vaguely sweet on entry, this is ... Read More

    From the article California's Red Blends


  • 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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