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 du Moulin Rouge Haut-Medoc 2011

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    This bottle was part of a l;ot I bought on the website ... cabernet sauvignon and 10% cabernet franc and was aged for a year in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night withj my supper of chicken breast and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and blueberry style fruit there with a suggestion of cigar box.The tannins are sof... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Concha Y Toro Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Marchigue 2014

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    Dark blackberry and bramble fruit notes with earthy, barnyard aromas and deep salinity on the nose. Quite fruity in the mouth with black cherry, blackberry and plum notes leading the way for good spice notes of clove and cinnamon with a full mouth of tannin and a note of chocolate on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chateau Reve d'Or Pomerol 1995

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... cabernet sauvignon and 5% cabernet franc,a typical right bank blend. My bottle had obviously been well kept because it was in near perfect codition with the level well up into the neck.I started it last night with my supper of pork stew and I did enjoy it.There was plenty of an earthy bl... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Hungarian Hors d’Oeuvres    Laurent Perrier Brut ... Red ... Red CabbageSauska Villanyi Cabernet Franc&nbs Read More

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  • Haven't put up one of these in awhile. This time will make things more specific and real, in that you will need to imagine you're hosting a meal at this restaurant in London's Soho. It's something I did a few times during my period of busy London business visits at the end of the '80s through early last decade. The first time I sweated a bit bec... Read More

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  • OK, since several people made some kind comments, I'll add this to my ... ... my ... Sauvignons and their Cabernet Francs all are usually from the estate vineyard and are "Spring Mountain District" AVA bottlings.Their Zinfandel is labeled "Napa Valley."  It is a blend of fruit sourced from the estate vineyard and some other Napa Valley vineya... Read More

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  • I really don't know much about Cabernet Franc, but I pulled this one out, tonight. On entry lots of dried fruit flavor—raisins and prunes, but without the sweetness.  Some of that road tar sensation.  This, to me, brings in complexity after the fruity entry.  Pretty serious unresolved tannins.  I don’t discount a wine just because of tannin.  In... Read More

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  • Keenan Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain District 35th Anniversary 2011

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    Beautiful dark purple color. Rustic woody nose, but, also, a hint of alcohol. On entry lots of dried fruit flavorraisins and prunes, but without the sweetness. Some of that road tar sensation. This, to me, brings in complexity after the fruity entry. Pretty serious unresolved tannins. I dont discount a wine just because of tannin. Tannin ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • The majority of wines on the market these days are meant to be consumed within ... ... 8% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Merlot. It’s an opaque ruby color with a beautiful perfume of blackberries, cassis, violets, licorice and subtle toasted oak spice aromas. On the palate it’s impeccably balanced but tight now, exhibiting power and ... Read More

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  • Fontanella Cabernet Franc 2012

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    Dry, peppery and oakey. On initial taste, I expected this to be a cab. It did not taste like cab franc. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


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