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 Lamothe de Haux Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux Rouge 2014

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    Wine review by jose pendas


  • The CFO and I and four others are back in CA doing a weeks worth of tasting.  Today is the Sonoma Barrel tasting to be followed by a couple more days in Sonoma and two days in Napa. Reports to follow. Read More

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  • Seigneurs de Bergerac Bergerac 2010

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    Delightful wine with plenty fruit, aromas and finish. The tannins are smooth and the well blanced acidity leads to a juicy, mouth watering finish. For under $10 this is a steal. 88 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Chateau Carbonneau 'La Verriere'Sainte Foy Bordeaux 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from a wine merchant in Sussex.The ... ... blend of 60% merlot and 40% cabernet franc aged for a year in new oak barrels..I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb.It is a full-bodied wine and there is plenty of a blackcurrant,blackberry and plum style fruit with a hint of cigar box and va... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • L'Ecole No41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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    Plenty of fruit - red and black with a spicey nuance that developes, violets and other floral aromas. Chewy tannins and good acidityleave a medium length aftertaste. 89 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • L'Ecole No41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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    Wine review by finney


  • L'Ecole No41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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  • Le Grand Bougueteau Chinon Cabernet Franc Loire Valley Chinon 2012

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    Old world in style even though it seems to be a ripe vintage. Ripe fruit and a touch of menthol on the nose. Red fruited in the mouth with some sharp acidity and a bit of biting tannin on the finish. I know, baby killer. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • The second day (Thursday) was to be full of fun and excitement.  We did ... here, the Chardonnay and the Cabernet Franc.  The Cabernet Sauvignon was nothing to write home about.Oh, breakfast at our Bed & Breakfast Inn was very tasty and a good way to start off the day.  The place is near a corner with lots of road noise though.  I was awoken a... Read More

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  • Sandra and I needed to head down south to Charlottesville, Virginia this week to attend a Louis Black comic performance at the Paramont Theater.  Louis wasn't playing closer to us in Washington DC like he usually does, so we figured why not go down there and make it a Bed & Breakfast trip with some wine tasting tossed in.  And thus it was to be.... Read More

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