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...

  • France

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

  • USA

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

  • Bordeaux

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

  • 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...

  • Chinon

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

  • 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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    In 1992, the Shahabi Brothers began producing wines in the small town of St. Helena, situated in ...

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    We are a very small winery located off the beaten path in Calistoga, behind the owner - winemaker...

  • Beaucanon Estate

    Situated in beautiful Napa Valley, on the historic Longwood Ranch, Beaucanon Estate reflects the ...

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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

  • EM - Yes, I was happy to find that Cakebread Chardonnay at a reasonable price ... ... another St. Francis 2008 Cabernet Franc wine and boy is it delicious.  This tastes like a Cabernet Sauvignon to me.  Eighteen months in the barrel must be the trick!  I justify opening this wine because I spent 5.5 hours painting the guest bathroom today afte... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Clos de la Deviniere Maison Natale de Rabelais Cabernet Franc 2009

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    I bought this bottle of wine for 5 euros from the gift shop at Chinon castle when I visited in May. It is a Touraine AOC wine. The Touraine AOC was created in 1939 for red, white, rose and sparkling wines made from a variety of grapes in 20 communes stretching along 60 miles of the Loire river from Blois to Chinon. It is an 'umbrella' designatio... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • It’s not what you think it is, and I’m not sure what the producers ... ... on the nose lends this a Cabernet Franc like perfume laden with a little pyrazine note. Rich and velvety in the mouth, this is a mini Amarone with deep fruit that’s a little pruny, more prunes in alcohol than dried fruit. This is quite front loaded on the palate, fairly... Read More

    From the article Flowers, Minerals, Black Cherries!


  • Alexander Valley-Cabernet Sauvignon Franc

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    No written review

    Wine review by Lhers


  • Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop, also called 'Le Grand Bouqueteau ' ... rose wines made from the cabernet franc grape, known in the area as 'petit Breton ' [the rare white Chinon being made from chenin blanc ] from around the town of that name. This town, famous for its great medieval castle where Joan of Arc met the King of France i... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Le Ragose Valpolicella Superiore Marta Galli 2009

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    Smoky steminess on the nose lends this a Cabernet Franc like perfume laden with a little pyrazine note. Rich and velvety in the mouth, this is a mini Amarone with deep fruit thats a little pruny, more prunes in alcohol than dried fruit. This is quite front loaded on the palate, fairly tannic and with a rich vein of herbal extract and Vegemite fl... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Carmelo Patti Red Blend Gran Assemblage 2002

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    I opened a bottle of the 2002 tonight. I didn't decant it but let it breathe for an hr or more. It's drinkable but I think it is rapidly going "over the hill". Maybe the other half of the bottle will have opened up by tomorrow night. Read More

    Wine review by poamd


  • Rochford Winery hosts the biggest annual concert event in the Yarra Valley, A ... – 2019. 90.Rochford Cabernet Franc 2012, Yarra Valley$30 at cellar door. Attractive aromatic profile, red cherry, red berries and violets. Nice, full-bodied wine (I suppose ripeness was easily achieved in the 2012 vintage), with good acidity matched by an even sl... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Rochford Winery, Yarra...


  • Domaine de l'Etoile 2009

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    it is the best wine yet!!! I'm sad that I can't find it in the stores!!!!! I hope they bring it back to the stores soon! Nothing can compare to this wine!!!! Read More

    Wine review by smilesnlaughs


  • Napa Valley grape growers and winemakers wore out their worry beads in 2011. ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petite Verdot, 3% Merlot Dark ruby with a very purple tone, the complex nose brings baked black cherry, black currant, dark spice, violets, tart blueberry and lavender. The moderate tannins are very fine and chalky on... Read More

    From the article Vintage Update: 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet


  • 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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