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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  • Cepas Elegidas Cinq 2009

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    Each barrel that made up this blend was aged 22 months in French and American Oak barrels, 6 of which were first use providing great structure and balance. Cooperages of the oak selected is Mercier, Slyvain, Remond, Mistral and Odyse, all in 225L format. The wines were racked only twice during aging and aged sur lie for 14 months. The lees were ... Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • I had a lovely right bank claret from a petit chateau, It was Cuvee La Rose ... blend of 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc and was aged for 12 months in oak barrels.I had it with my supper of lamb chops. There was plenty of blackcurrant and plum style fruit there and the tannins were soft but sufficient to give structure. This is just what a g... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chateau Clos Bourbon Cuvee la Rose Bourbon Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Chelsea [www.hhandc.co.uk ... blend of 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc which spends 12 months in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of lamb chops and I did enjoy it. There is lots of a plum and blackcurrant style fruit there and the tannins are soft but give good st... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • A chunk of Washington wine growing land was just too tempting for one well known Canadian family.  Aquilini Investment Group, which bears the name of the family who owns the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks, has begun development of 690 acres of land on Red Mountain, a chunk of land included in the Red Mountain American Viticultural Ar... Read More

    From the article Canadian Invasion! Hockey Honchos Buy, Develop Washington Land


  • Bodega Benegas Red Blend Don Tiburcio 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by ANDRES BELINSKY


  • Seven Hills Columbia Valley Dry Rose' 2014

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    The color of the wine is a nice pale peach color in the glass. The nose expresses an interesting combination of citrus notes, along with some white floral notes and a bit of peach. The taste is delightful, with a crisp blast of fruit up front, plenty of grapefruit and tropical notes of papaya that give way to some honeysuckle and mineral notes... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Cabernet Franc Rose Appellation Horse Heaven Hills Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2014

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    Beautiful Horse Heaven Hills rose of Cab Franc. The nose is crisp and clean with a hint of bright red cherry. On the palate is more bright cherry, ripe strawberry and touch of melon, bright acidity and a nice finish. One of the nicer roses so far this spring. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • 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...


  • The opportunity to invest in wine before it enters the bottle is a special one, ... where Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc dominate. The wines far exceed 2013 and are the best since 2010. The best reds offer freshness and refreshment as well as good mid- to long-term potential. The key was the lengthy Indian Summer. Indeed, Thomas Duroux o... Read More

    From the article Investing in Bordeaux 2014


  • Retired and looking to become more acquainted with wine products.  It seems like an vast array of confusion to me.  I only drink dark red wines, and the cheap kinds- as you might be able to tell by my username- but I love wine.  So let me get my many thoughts together and in some kind of order and I will get back.  Thank you community.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


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