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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  • I don't know about that Fox but you're right, I was interested in the ... of the grapes used today: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Kékfrankos, Kadarka, Blauburger, Kékoportó, Kékmedoc, Zweigelt. That last one didn't even exist before the 1900s, so it's not part of any tradition. But they used to plant different varieti... Read More

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  • Chteau Puygueraud Francs Cote Bordeaux 2009

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    Not a subtle wine at all. 24+ months of oak aging result in a wonderful blackberry and sweet black currant on a wave choolate, sweet dark cherries tannins and balanced acidity. This is oipulent and generous. Well done - 92 points - drink or hold - Paul Read More

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  • I am the owner and winemaker at Chateau Niagara winery in Newfane, NY. We are a small lot winery of artisan French and Eastern European wines.  Read More

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  • Chateau les Abeilles Saint Georges Saint Emilion 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket where it was on special ... consists of 80% merlot,10% cabernet franc,9% cabernet sauvignon and 1% malbec and was aged in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb and I did enjoy it. There is plenty of a blackberry and bramble style fruit there and there is a... Read More

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  • Les Hauts de Canon-la-Gaffeliere 2012

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    Light cherry and mixed berry aromas. This has well developed cherry, raspberry and cranberry flavors, a savory earthy note and oak spice bringing up the rear which is dry and balanced with a fresh, lively acidity. Easy drinking and smooth. Read More

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  • Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Wine 2012

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    Stunning wine for the price and age has done it well. Blackberries in spades, currant, a touch of sweet black cherries on the back end, a slight touch of oak to boot.This is generous, smooth and full bodied. The tannins are rounded and are balanced with good acidity. Tremendous QPR. Hold for 3-5 yrs. or drink, why wait? 92 points - Paul Read More

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  • Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Wine 2012

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