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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  • Domaine-Sarrail Cabernet Franc 2014


    Produce Station, Ann Arbor, 4/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Mas Elena Do 2011


    Really nice blend. A bit on the dry side but it perked up on the second day to have a smoother finish. Returned to dryer finish day 3. Nice blend of black and red fruits. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Once I was home and relaxing last night - watching Terminator 2 for the 20th ... perhaps - I opened this nice Cabernet Franc from Barboursville Vineyards and enjoyed a glass.  It's pretty good for a Virginia wine. : Read More

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  • Chateau les Trois Croix Fronsac 2004


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a wine merchant in Sussex. Fronsac ... ... of 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc,a typical blend for a right bank claret, and is aged for a year in oak barrels. I started it last night with my supper of roast turkey breast. It is full of a blackcurrant,blackberry and plum style fruit with a little ciga... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Chateau Belle Cure Bordeaux France Merlot Blend 2015


    No written review

    Wine review by Phil Ned

  • Domaine du Petit Clocher Anjou Villages 2014


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Oxfordshire [ ... cabernet sauvignon and/or cabernet franc grapes. Domaine du Petit Clocher is a family business in this area and my bottle is made of a blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% cabernet franc.I started it last night with my supper of chicken thighs cooked in bacon... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Maverick Estate Winery Rubeus 2014


    This relatively new winery from Oliver BC has produced a fine, if ... Merlot ... Merlot (with a smattering of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon); colour is opaque, dark cherry with a scent of crushed cherry and cedar frond. The palate introduces some Syrah pedigree with deep red fruit, tannic pucker (leather), a hint of smoke, cream and a little o... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  •  2014 Myriad Cellars Syrah Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley (3/19/2017)Savory black olive tapenade is the first thing to greet your nose on this deep purple Syrah. The blueberry fruit is very prominent and mouthcoating. Richness personified on the palate wth juicy blackberry, iron and crushes stones. Tannins are dusty a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Domaine Laroque Cite de Carcassonne 2014


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    Wine review by Audra NY

  • With springtime upon us, wine enthusiasts around the world are looking to ... ... ... grapes in the 2015 were Cabernet Franc (19%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (1%) by the way. Other vintages tasted meant VCC, little known before, is now gracing a few more south of England cellars.   We then drove the short distance to Pomerol’s world famous Le Pin... Read More

    From the article Bordeaux or Bust!

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