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 Plaisance-Branne Montagne Saint-Emilion 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Round 1 = 3 x NZ and 1 x South AfricanThe Man o War is from Waiheke Island near ... ... Blend and is Merlot and Cabernet Franc dominantI very nice easy to drink red wine surprisingly fresh for its 6 years probably should be drank by 2020 but certainly a nice startThe Te Mata Estate is from Hawkes Bay 54 CS 36 Mer 10 CFLots of nice Black Curren... Read More

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  • Irouleguy Domaine Ilarria 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Wiltshire [www.yapp.co.uk ] for ... ... bottle consists of 55% cabernet franc, 25% cabernet sauvignon and 20% tannant.I started my bottle last night with my supper of beef stew. There is plenty of a slightly tart cherry and menthol style fruit with fairly soft tannins that gave sufficient structure.... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Costes de Beyrac Buzet 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington ... sauvignon and 23% cabernet franc.I started the bottle last night with my roast pork supper.At first,I thought it a little dry and austere but after a couple of hours it seemed to open up to reveal plenty of a blackcurrant,blackberry and plum style fruit.The tannins werre soft b... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Great time with my "Somm Ladies" tasting a good variety of vinos.Pictured here is a partial list of our tastings:• Featherstone Phoenix '16 - Reisling/Gewurztraminer• Weingut Frank - Gruner Veltliner• The Hatch, B.Yanco '14 - Pinot Blanc/Gewurztraminer• Conte Valdemar '15 - Rioja Rosé• Château d'Aqueria '14 - Tavel Rosé• Domaine Queylus '13 - Pi... Read More

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  • I am having some difficulty with the management of this system. I am the same ... Blood, ours is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Blaufrankisch and Turan. We grow these grapes here in western NY. Our Kagor has been switched from its first version from Cabernet Franc to Saperavi and the switch is well worth it. Deeper flavors and more authentic flavo... Read More

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  • The Urban Winery scene in Seattle is booming.  The movement began with six ... ... Syrah and Brandee loves Cabernet Franc.  Together they make some awesome wines!  Be sure to check out their recent vintage that features 5 single vineyard Syrahs.Eight Bells is located in the Roosevelt neighborhood and features a nice selection of red wines all ... Read More

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  • 14 Hands Vineyards Red Blend Limited Release Kentucky Derby 2014

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    Bought this again this year. Nice party wine. Medium fruit, medium acidity, medium tannin something everyone can enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Bv Reserve "Tapestry" 2009

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    This was superb with dark berry fruits, wood, dirt, chocolate, pepper, mint and tobacco and healthy tannins and acidity. I'd say this has 2-3 more years to go. Paul - 92 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Bv Reserve "Tapestry" 2009

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    Wine review by doowaa73


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