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 Quinault l'Enclos Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2006

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought from the website ... cabernet ... cabernet sauvignon and 10% cabernet franc and spent 18 months in new oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my supper of lamb shanks and I did enjoy it. There is plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and blueberry style fruit there and the tannins are soft but gi... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Which Cab Sav's are REALLY good right of the bat (upon release from the winery) and even better after 5 years?  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wines at release and down the...


  • Last night I started a bottle of Chateau de Sabazan Saint Mont 2012  from ... sauvignon.10% braucol and 5% cabernet franc ] There is an intense cherry,blackcurrant and licorice style fruit there and also a strong spicy taste. I do not think I have tasted a red wine quite like this one before but I enjoyed it and it went well with the pork cho Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chateau de Sabazan Saint Mont 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington ... servadou ... servadou or pinenc] and 5% cabernet franc I started my bottle last night with my supper of fried pork chop and I did enjoy it although it was a little unusual.It is very dark,almost black in colour.There is some very intense cherry,blackcurrant and licorice style ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine de Grange Neuve Bergerac Rouge 2012

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    I bought a bottle of this wine at the 2016 London France Show where I met the domaine owner.Bergerac is a large appellation created in 1936[ although viticulture in the area goes back to at least the Romans] for red.white and rose wines from 93 communes around the town of that name in south-west France.The grape varieties are simil;ar to those u... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • LOTS of good wine out of S.A. They've got plenty of winemaking history down there and some of the most beautiful vineyards anywhere, for what that's worth.Focus on one or two varietals and try several. Chenin blanc and sauvignon blanc are good places to start. Very good qpr, but not only that, more-than-decent wines. Just don't expect supermarke... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • La Bergerie de Senejac Haut-Medoc 1997

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/85406. Haut-Medoc is a large appellation set up in 1936 for wines produced in 15 communes on the eastern side of the Medoc peninsular stretching nearly 40 miles north of the City of Bordeaux. It is an 'umbrella' appellation because it includes severa... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau de Pic Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux Bottle 2000

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... ... sauvignon,45% merlot and 5% cabernet franc and spent time in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb and I did enjoy it.There is a very intense blackcurrant,blueberry and plum style fruit there with a hint of vanilla and the tannins are soft ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • ProWein, the annual wine and spirits fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, is the ... ... of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah is produced by a partnership of Chateau Ste. Michelle and the Antinori Family. Tobacco leaf and toast aromas are what dominate the nose alongside subtler red and black plum. Leather and bing cherry notes ex... Read More

    From the article We Know Where To Find The World's Best Wines


  • St. Francis Winery Red Splash 2007

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    Wine review by marymarchell


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