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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  • Château Pey de Pont Cru Bourgeois Civrac 2007


    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... cabernet sauvignon and 5% cabernet franc.It is aged in oak barrels for 12 months.I started my bottle this evening with my supper of pork chops and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a blackberry.plum and cherry style fruit there and the soft tannins hold things together nicely.There is al... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • You’ll know a glass of Bordeaux when you sniff it -- from the pencil ... ... ... It is 58% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were grown on clay and limestone soils, similar to its esteemed neighbors. This is just gorgeous on the nose with savory notes of dark plum, molasses and brown sugar, with dark blackberr... Read More

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  • Remy Pannier Cabernet Franc Chinon 2010


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    Wine review by PJBradar

  • Chateau Relais de la Poste Cotes de Bourg Grand Cuvee 2007


    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought from the website ... cabernet ... cabernet sauvignon and 5% cabernet franc. I started it this evening with my supper of lamb shanks and I did enjoy it. There is plenty of a blackcurrant and plum style fruit there with soft yet well-structured tannins and notes of coffee or cigar-box.There are a lo... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • The Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Shirtail Ranches Lake County 2013


    Another tasting at Lunch. Opens with cherry, raspberry, mint, and blackberry/plum. Rounded smooth Tannins and Acidity. Finishes long with oak, vanilla, and cedar plum. Great for everyday drinking and from what I see, is only available from the restaurant - especially for by the glass or bottle. Not terribly complex, just reliable for this style. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Oh yeah!  This 2009 Cabernet Franc from Barboursville is most excellent after an hour being decanted.  However, Sandra's parents just canceled on coming over for dinner due to a big storm that is in our area.  I'm talking lighting, hail and lots of rain.  Oh, there were some tornadoes south of us too.  I'm staying inside tonight. Read More

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  • Some of the Virginia wineries don't submit their wines to the competition - ... decanting this lovely 2009 Cabernet Franc from the Barboursville Vineyards down near Charlottesville, VA.  This is the same winery where Octagon comes from.  The 2013 release of this wine just won the silver medal at the 2016 Virginia Governor's Cup competitio Read More

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  • Hot off the presses, Virginia just announced the winners for the 2016 Virginia ... the 2014 Kenswick Vineyards Cabernet Franc.  I wonder if there will be any bottles left to try.. Read More

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  • Smith Wooton Cabernet Franc 2006


    Really nice Napa Cab Franc from Smith Wooton. This is fairly dark for 100% cab franc with loads of dark ripe fruit on the nose. Ripe blackberry, a hint of tar and leather, some baking spices, fine grained, fairly resolved tannins, medium acidity and a medium long finish. This paired pretty nicely with a crock pot bbq brisket. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Chateau Peyros Tannat Cabernet Sauvignon 2010


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    Wine review by ekw590

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