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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  • Villa Francioni Tinto


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    Wine review by RNicoluzzi

  • Israeli wines are joining the approach of summer by heating things up in their ... blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. “It is a particularly pleasing wine,” she wrote. “Margalit is one of Israel's premier boutique wineries, and this stalwart is wonderfully velvety and redolent of dark cherries and blackberries, with measure... Read More

    From the article Ten Israeli Wines You Can't Do Without

  • Chateau Haut-Beychevelle Gloria Saint-Julien 1994


    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the ... merlot, and 10% cabernet franc and is aged for a year in oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast chicken and I did enjoy it.There was plenty of a cherry and blackcurrant style fruit there and the tannins were soft but gave just the right amount of structure.There was a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • The Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2010


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    Wine review by stachlaw

  • Chateau Moulin Haut Villars Fronsac 1995


    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from a merchant in Sussex who had got it from a house clearance.It was in perfect and unmarked condition for a 20 year old bottle with the level high in the neck so it had clearly been well cellared.Fronsac is an AOC created in 1936 for red and rose wines from the commune and village of that name west of the ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • The My FOX NY video of Devin Shomaker’s new vineyard will surprise you. ... ... Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc.”  According to Shomaker, his winery (called “Rooftop Reds”) will be the first commercial production vineyard in New York City. “After spending two years in upstate New York’s Finger Lake region studying viticulture and wine ... Read More

    From the article Who Needs Soil? Bold Vintner Takes Vineyard to Brooklyn Rooftop

  • Pelligrini Cabernet Franc 2006


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    Wine review by QuiLoxx

  • Shinn Estate Vineyards Rosé Blend North Fork Rosé 2010


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    Wine review by QuiLoxx

  • February seasonal temperatures in Napa Valley can be remarkably cool and wet, ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc vineyards left to finis Read More

    Forum post in the topic Keenan Vineyards and Winery...

  • Italians love Champagne. They enjoy an age-old custom of beginning a meal with ... Bianco, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Barbera, Merlot, Nebbiolo and others, are designated as DOC Terre di Franciacorta or Curtefranca. Franciacorta’s soil is glacial moraine with limestone and a chalky subsoil, ideal for Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco and Pinot... Read More

    From the article Franciacorta is the Next Champagne

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