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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  • Chateau Sauvetat-Loumer Premieres Cotes de Blaye 2000

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/85406.Three AOC's,Blaye,Cotes de Blaye, and Premieres Cotes de Blaye [ the latter for the more prestigious properties ] were created in 1936 and they all refer to 40 communes around the town of Blaye on the east side of the Gironde estuary in the Bor... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Wine myths are often unspoken but incredibly pervasive. Their looming presence ... ... grape varieties such as cabernet franc, chardonnay, merlot, petite sirah, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, syrah, zinfandel, and many more. The styles and prices of our wines vary as greatly as the wines produced. One day, one may enjoy traditional method spark... Read More

    From the article Wine Myths: Debunked


  • Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe TastingWhen: July 24Where: Pierre Loti ... ... ... made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc, which benefit from the clay- and chalk-rich soils. Merlot makes up the majority (about 65%) of vines planted around Saint-Emilion, and continues to increase in popularity because of the softer, more approachable wine styles i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Saint Emilion Grand Cru...


  • Chateau Branaire Duluc Ducru St Julien Grand Cru Classe 1995

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/85406.Saint Julien is a Bordeaux appellation created in 1936 for wines from in and around the Saint-Julien-Beychevelle commune on the Medoc peninsular.It is a small but prestigious appellation with 11 Grand Cru Classe in the 1855 classification,one of which ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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    Wine review by johnnyxbar


  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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    Wine review by johnnyxbar


  • I’d never heard of Godello until a few years ago but this Spanish white ... that Mencia was related to Cabernet Franc, the classic red grape of the Loire Valley and Bordeaux but recent DNA tests show that the nearest link is Portugal’s Jaen variety. Don’t worry, I’d never heard of Jaen either! Bierzo’s reds of old were simple rustic affairs bu... Read More

    From the article Godello Wines Have Arrived


  • Château Hyot Côtes de Castillon 2010

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    This was my review about 3 yrs ago - "Very approachable for so early. Maybe it was due to having several other Bordeaux wines but I found this to be lighter than most, but really a lovely wine to drink. Plenty of dark berry fruits, oak, spice and mocha on the nose. The magenta color belies the complexity of this effort. Underlying cassis, anise,... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Ciccone Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Franc Leelanau Peninsula 2013

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    Average light wine. Tasted a bit watered down. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Perseus Invictus 2013

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    The Perseus Invictus 2013 is a powerful, warm Bordeaux-style red with a deep, palpable flavour profile reminiscent of Graves. While not heavy-handed, the oak is forward on both nose and palate (youthful, slightly tight, tannic). But upon decanting, the nose has cedar, tobacco and cherry notes; may need 3-4 years cellaring to reach full potentia... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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