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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  • Rockhouse Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2006


    This is a very classic rendering of the Cabernet Franc Varietal. The fruitiness and spice are an explosion upon the fore of one's tongue with subtle twists of smoke and cocoa through the mid palate. As anticipated, the favor is short on finish as is the case with most all classic Cabernet Francs.This is a more mature vineyard of Cabernet Franc w... Read More

    Wine review by scottdseaman

  • Baron Philippe de Rothschild Red Bordeaux Blend Bordeaux Contrôlée Mouton Cadet 2007


    An on-trade only wine with an easy drinking style, but it didn't match with the Chargrilled Rosemary-Marinated Lamb fillet, served pink, with babaganoush to dip. OK with the lamb but the dip killed the wine. Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

  • Ducru Beaucaillou 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by jgross15656

  • Château l'Evangile Red Bordeaux Blend Pomerol 1990


    Opens with notes of smoldering willow brush and sweet cassis jam with assertive top notes of mint and pencil lead. There is a touch of brett lurking here but it only adds complexity to the dark plum and cassis fruit notes. Big and lush in the mouth. This is complex and precise with impeccable balance. Rich with good length to the red cassis gent... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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  • Ducru Beaucaillou 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by kevmcon

  • Hestia Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley Meritage 2005


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    Wine review by JanFrank

  • Chateau Mouton-Rothschild Bn Bs 1982


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    Wine review by Rick Restivo

  • Mondavi Oakville Cabernet 2006


    good wine hearty delicate Read More

    Wine review by Qubican

  • Roanoke Vineyards Red Table Wine Blend One 2003


    Lightly floral nose. Classic black fruit, tar, spice, leather, pepper and oak flavors. Read More

    Wine review by mark

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