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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  • Pavillon la Tourelle 2013

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Kuleto Estate India Ink 2013

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    Fine Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • World's End Against the Wind 2010

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    Fine Read More

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  • Chateau de Breze Saumur Clos Mazurique 2013

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    Refreshing. Could be mistaken for white in a blind tasting. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Chateau les Lauriers de Boyrein Graves 1999

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    I obtained this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/97867. As I was the only bidder I got it for a mere £1.Graves is an appellation created in 1937,although there has been viticuilture here since at least the Romans,for dry white and red wines from 44 communes south of the City of Bordeaux.Chateau Les Lauriers de B... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Tour Saint Laurent Saint Emilion Grand Cru 1997

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/85406.Viticulture in the Saint Emilion area goes back to at least Roman times and it is now the largest appellation in the Bordeaux region producing around two and a half million bottles a year. It is also one of the more prestigious Bordeaux appellations an... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Jean de Trimoulet 2010

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    This very soft offering from Jean de Trimoulet is very Rive Droite... it is soft, with a scent of cherries and generic red fruit and a good tannic structure which imparts vanilla, toast, grassy herbs and slightly sour cherry notes on the finish. The wine is very slightly on the rustic side with a touch of woody grit, but reasonable value in St.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Vista del Luna Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    A recent Tasting Room selection; Purple Red semi-opaque in the glass. Opens ... ... style - felt more like a Cabernet Franc. Cannot think what this one would or could pair well with? Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Chateau Giscours Margaux 2013

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    Wine review by jcthomas44


  • Chateau Giscours Margaux 2013

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