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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  • St. Francis Winery Red Splash 2007

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  • Château les Rambauds Bordeaux Cuvée Vieilles Vignes 2014

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  • So were you drinking Alain Brumont's Château Bouscassé (65% ... the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot to 'soften' it)  or Château Montus (80% tannat from younger vines in good locations, plus some Cabernet Sauvignon)? Those are the more reliable I've had, and the most famous, though your price does surprise me, too. Othe... Read More

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  • Jacqueline Bahue Cabernet Franc Lodi 2014

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  • Funny Scutulus, I had a similar idea when I first started delving into wine ... it was a right bank (Merlot/ Cabernet Franc blend) that I liked best. Since I was drinking California wine prior to that, I remember looking to blend California Merlot and Cab Franc together (I wasn't aware of wines like Conn Valley's Right Bank, Larkmead's Firebel... Read More

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  • Hello Dmcker -Smiled at your recognition of the Mojave Rattlesnake (Crotalus ... ... whether or not we have cabernet franc hereabout; but, we have the others and can taste those blends.  Wouldn't it be grand if Madiran and Malbec produced a smoother flavor. . .perhaps two-to-one Malbec. I'll keep you informed.&nbs Read More

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  • So Scutulatus--your name? I know it in zoology for part of the ... cabernet ... cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and malbec. There are a couple others, but these will likely be the easiest to find. Blend them in little, by little, one at a time and see what kind of blend you like. Recork and refrigerate the opened bottles for use lat... Read More

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  • I find my 1995 Madiran a bit dry/tart for my taste and am considering blending the remaining four bottles with a Cabernet.  Any objections?  Suggestions?  March 25, 2016  Read More

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  • As per your OP's title, JD, next a look at CA. From the Wine ... wine ... wine grapes include Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Carignan, Grenache, Malbec, Mouvedre, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot Sangiovese and Tannat. Important white wine varietals include Chenin blanc, French Colombard, Gewürztraminer, Marsanne, Muscat Canelli, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, ... Read More

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  • Trying to recall a conversation we had a little while ago on this subject.Whats the most widely planted (acreage) and produced (bottles) red grape in CA, U.S., and worldwide?I seem to recall a Snooth article mentioning Grenache as the most widely planted red grape worldwide, but that was some years ago. I'm assuming it's Chardonnay for white? Read More

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