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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  • Chateau Bellegrave Cru Bourgeois Pauillac 2002


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... sauvignon,31% merlot and 7% cabernet franc and spent a year in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of baked chicken breast There is some blackcurrant,blackberry and bramble style fruit but the main impresion is of suggestions of coffee or smoke.The tannins are soft but pr... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Chateau de la Dauphine Fronsac 2005


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website Fronsac is an appellation created in 1936 for red and rose wines from 7 communes around the village of that name west of the town of Libourne and north of the Dorgogne river.[Canon-Fronsac is a sub-appellation created in 1964 for two of those commune... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • The history of Keenan Winery started over 40 years ago. It is located high ... ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Zinfandel. Robert Parker Jr has on numerous occasions rated the wines between 90 and 97 points. The Robert Keenan Winery is committed to quality, and it shows through every bottle of their wine, ri... Read More

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  • Argentina is a key player on the 21st century wine scene. Hands down, the ... ... and a bit of oak spice. Cabernet FrancBodega Lagarde Guarda Cabernet Franc Lujan de Cuyo 2014Savory earth and dark berry spiced aromas with touches of tomato leaf and crushed violet flower. This is pure, clean fruited and delicate on the palate, a great showcase ... Read More

    From the article Argentina's Secret Stash of Wines

  • Gouguenheim Valle Escondido Red Melosa Mendoza 2011


    Creamy vanilla aromas of cherry, raspberry and blackberry preserves. Zesty acidity and bright fruit flavors of blueberry and cherry are very expressive and generous on the palate with fresh baking spice coming through on the mid palate and a dark cocoa finish. Refreshing and flavorful. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Durigutti Cabernet Franc Mendoza 2015


    Fruity but syrupy notes of red currant and strawberry on the nose with pungent smoky minerality. Equally fruity and earthy on the palate with a burst of ripe red current and raspberry fruit on entry followed by a pop of acidity and a slow, smoldering burn of gritty tannins and sharp spice covered in chocolate. Read More

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  • Benegas Lynch Libertad Estate Vineyard Cabernet Franc Mendoza 2008


    Definitely showing its age with pleasant savory sour cherry and developed molasses and brown sugar notes, a hint of crushed violets and cranberries on the nose. More brown sugar and vanilla bean on the palate with a dusty and dry, raisin and blackberry palate, chewy tannins and roasted espresso beans. This is nearing the end of its run, but is t... Read More

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  • Bodega Melipal Cabernet Franc Mendoza 2014


    Rich and savory licorice and mushroom aromas with notes of molasses and brown sugar - quite unique for Cab Franc. Dry, dusty and bold in the mouth with deep licorice flavors, a thick and rich mouthfeel and a finish of dark chocolate, spice and a bit of heat. Read More

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  • Bodega Melipal Red Blend Mendoza 2013


    Fresh berry, savory spice and cocoa on the nose with blackberry and a light herbal tomato note. Spicy blackberry and black cherry fruit on the palate with fresh acidity and a tart and tangy mixed berry palate that's dusty and herbal towards the finish. Read More

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  • Punto Final Cabernet Franc Reserva Argentina 2014


    Tomato leaf and oregano greet the nose amidst dark plum and black cherry aromas. Concentrated raspberry and cherry fruit with a jolly rancher candied quality and a bit of green pepper towards the finish. Read More

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