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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  • Domaine de la Guilloterie Saumur Champigny les Loges 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12.50 from a stand at the London France Show ... red wines made mostly of the cabernet franc grape from 8 communes south-east of the town of Saumur. My bottle comes from a family producer in this area.50 year old vines were used and the wine was aged,not in oak but stainless steel vats I started it last night w... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Soudars Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois 1995

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... cabernet sauvignon and 1% cabernet franc and was aged in oak barrels for 12 months.I started thje bottle last night with my supper of baked chicken breast.I had some difficulty extracting the cork part of which ended up inside the bottle but the wine itself did not disappoint There was plenty of... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Haut Gleon Vallee du Paradis Igp Rouge 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Chateau Canteloup Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux 1995

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/140261 for £4.20. Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux is an appellation for red,rose,white and sparkling wines [though 90% are red] from the east bank of the river Garonne between the City of Bordeaux and the small town of Cadillac. It became incorporated into the new Cotes... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Vignare Strozzi Bolgheri Superiore 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Volage Crémant de Loire Rosé Brut Sauvage

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    Citrus on the nose with a touch of crushed almond meats. Creamy bubbles ride in on dried rose petals. Tart fruit flavors with a bit of citrus pith finishing out with some dried apricot notes. Great value. 90 pts. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Osoyoos Larose le Grand Vin 2015

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    Aside from The Reference by Blackwood Lane (2006, 2007 vintages, in particular), this is the purest, most approachable red Bordelais-style wine from British Columbia ever crafted. Dark cherry red in colour, with a bouquet of cherry, ripe plums and a hint of vanilla extract (light oak treatment), and an entry of soft tannic underlay, sweet, pure ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Laroque Cabernet Franc Classique 2013

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    Wine review by gntop1


  • Domaine des Roches Neuves Thierry Germain la Marginale Saumur-Champigny 2016

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Blackwood Lane Alliance 2006

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    OK, so let's talk about this second wine by Charles Herrod: after nearly 13 years in the bottle, it looks dark and Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) with bricking at the glass rim... bouquet is slow to open (although decanted), with black currant dominating with a hint of vanilla; entry is smooth, only slightly warm (14% alcohol), with dissipated tannin ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • 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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