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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  • We're having a meal of gnocchi and brown butter and sage - would a sauvignon blanc be better at cutting through the heavy mouthfeel of brown butter, or would sage have done that already and render the sauvignon blanc a little useless? Read More

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  • Christian Moueix Medoc 2005


    Full body with a round mouthfeel and noticeable tannins. Red berry and plum flavors with some oak on the palate. The alcohol was a little hot in this wine which threw the balance off a bit. Definitely drinkable but I feel like there are better options in this price range. Read More

    Wine review by ttutony

  • Peter Michael Red Bordeaux Blend Knights Valley l'Esprit des Pavots 2004


    Extremely forward fruit, but wrapped in soft, almost lovely tannins. Great mouth feel. Very drinkable now. Read More

    Wine review by SmartyPants

  • Brys Estate Red Blend Old Mission Peninsula Signature Red 2006



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  • Faun Salado Creek Rubia Red 2005


    This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Gold Series selection. A Gold Medal Wine Club ... softer tannins, while the Cabernet Franc presents cocoa and pepper characteristics with slightly firmer tannins. The resulting blend exhibits remarkable levels of chocolate, cherry, and leather aromas and flavors that pair ideally with grilled or smoked hardy meat... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club

  • Domaine Gouron Chinon Terroirs 2005


    The actual bottle I tried was "Terroir", Gouron's reserve bottling. Dark purple wine come from 50 year old vines has nose of black fruits and black olive with well balanced oak and acidity. Since it's a bit tannic, I wonder if it'll hit its best in a couple of years,, Read More

    Wine review by wineluv

  • Château Cantinot Red Bordeaux Blend Premières Côtes de Blaye 2005


    Softer on the palette than its bigger fuller-bodied sister wine Chateau ... ... blend of 80% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Made by consulting winemaker Olivier Dauga, who was recently named Winemaker of the Year 2009 in the prestigious Gault & Millau guid Read More

    Wine review by Greg Roberts

  • J. Bookwalter Subplot 22 NV


    If you like the Subplot No. 22, get ready for the release of the Subplot No. 23 in the end of April. Always an instant classic, look for a similar blend and style that never fails with this Bookwalter tradition! Read More

    Wine review by erin4

  • Tabor Hill Red Arrow NV


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    Wine review by Sookie

  • Estate Connecticut Cabernet Franc 2007


    Very smooth flavorful red wine. Very unique taste worth trying. Read More

    Wine review by BobbyC10

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