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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  • Grace Estate Winery le Gras Baril 2012


    30% Malbec, 30% Petit Verdot, 40% Cabernet Franc, this blend lets the lesser stars of Bordeaux shine. Aged 16 months in a mix of new and neutral oak. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Grace Estate Winery Cabernet Franc 2012


    Great varietal character and balance with cherry, peppercorn, and tobacco notes. Aged 11 months in 40% new French oak. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • King Family Vineyards Meritage 2012


    Right bank Bordeaux style blend -- 42% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 25% Petit Verdot, and 6% Malbec. Gold Medal Winner in the 2015 Virginia Governor's Cup. Very structured, aged 18 months in French oak. Bright berry notes fade into baking spices and jammier tones. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Ok, ok, that never happened.. No Ott or Tuscan Rose vs. our wine list. ... ... a Dry Rose. Seven Hills Cabernet Franc Rose 2014.This wine is first class now. Thanks Jordan (the guy who buys the wine I sell.) ** enjoyed by guests tonight vs. SBlanc NZ or PGrigio Alto Adig Read More

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  • Rockwell Brown Red Mountain 2010


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  • I'm giving this 2011 Courege-Longue Buzet French wine a try; it's ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.  Not bad at al Read More

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  • Today my wife Sandra took her friend Marlene out on the town in a big way to ... ... 1% Sangiovese, 0.5% Cabernet Franc, and 0.5% Tempranillo.Critical AcclaimJH93Australian Wine Companion - "Medium purple-crimson; the wine is certainly mouthfilling, but has excellent balance and an attractive range of flavors anchored on plum and blackberry, e... Read More

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  • The Stringer Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


    A Lot 18 effort. Opens with a bit of barnyard Blueberry, then a bit of smoked ... the end, tasted more like a Cabernet Franc to Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Chateau Lesparre 1998


    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... consists of 70% merlot,20% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon and is aged in oak barrels.I started it last night with my supper of roast lamb and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a blackcurrant and plum style fruit and soft tannins with a hint of vanilla It is a lovely example of... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Let’s take a trip back in time. Close your eyes and imagine yourself an ... an ... Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Sangiovese. Expect great things in the coming years, and a trip down a North Carolina wine trail is already an excellent way to spend a weekend. But if you can't make it down soon, here are a few wines to try. When... Read More

    From the article Underrated Wine Travel: North Carolina

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