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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  • Santa Rita "Triple C" Red Maipo Valley 2005


    An amazing wine... red fruits, sublime oak handling... all in tune... by far, ... ... Sauvignon, Carmenere & Cabernet Franc) but that does not reduce its quality.. it will only get better and better... I'd happily have it as my desert island wine! 97/1 Read More

    Wine review by MarioRobles

  • Mountfair Inaugural Vintage Monticello 2007


    I was really impressed with this wine although it is only this winery's second vintage. 60 percent Cab Franc, 25 percent Merlot and 15 percent Petit Verdot leads to a fruit-forward bold wine, with a bit of complexity provided by the Petit Verdot. Read More

    Wine review by meganmarco

  • I submitted a tasting note for Schneider Cabernet Franc 2000 and while I was doing so I thought I should also correct the region from California to New York. The system even listed New York as a possible option. But after clicking "Save" the region reverts back to California. Read More

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  • Schneider Vineyards Cabernet Franc North Fork 2000


    Developed nose with a pronounced intensity of morello cherry, violets, pencil ... pepper, that is typical for Cabernet Franc, has faded away over the years. Quite a nice bouquet! Medium alcohol and acidity on the palate, as well as a medium amount of pleasantly ripe tannins. Overall very balanced with a medium body. Cherry also on the palate, ... Read More

    Wine review by DerKellermeister

  • Château Cantinot Red Bordeaux Blend Premières Côtes de Blaye 2005


    Full bodied and aromatic with notes redcurrant, blackberry and figs. Concentrated black cherry and blueberry fruit flavors combine with soft tannins for a long flavorful finish. A great wine to pair with a steak. Read More

    Wine review by Greg Roberts

  • Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2005


    Excellent. Read More

    Wine review by thatsummer

  • Beaucanon-L Cuvee-Cabernet Franc Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2003


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    Wine review by ayacoco

  • Opus One Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley 2004


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    Wine review by David Pearson

  • Recently I have been getting more and more into straight Cab Franc. I think it's quite possibly my favorite Bordeaux varietal. Many of the people I have spoken with about it criticize it for it's one-dimensional quality, which is perhaps why it blends so well with other bordeaux grapes (it offers what the others lack). For me what I love is the... Read More

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  • Viader Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2005


    Very good wine. Interesting blend with so much Petite Verdot. Lots of spice and ceder box aroma. Chocolate and plum in the taste. I would love to taste a vertical of this. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn

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