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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  • Owen Roe Cabernet Franc Yakima Valley Rosa Mystica 2005


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  • Château de la Cour d'Argent Red Bordeaux Blend Bordeaux Contrôlée Bordeaux 2005


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  • Someone, lets say it was one of the Hiltons because they are known to do odd ... little oak (see # 4), like a Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley. Do not drink Cabernet Sauvignon with your salad. It will not taste good. It has too much oak and tannins to sweet talk a salad.What do you drink with your salad Read More

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  • Furlan Castelcosa Cabernet Franc IGT Friuli-Venezia Giulia 2003


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    Wine review by wineisfine

  • L'Ecole #41 Seven Hills Vineyard Perigee 2005


    There are 2 blends from L'Ecole No. 41, Perigee and Apogee. This is a blend of ... Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc. Both of them are very goo Read More

    Wine review by neubs

  • Cosentino Winery the Wines Cabernet Franc California 2005


    Full bodied with lots of pepper and spice. Big ripe tannins. Had this with a grilled steak and it was outstanding. Read More

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  • Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2004


    A great everyday wine. I always find it a treat to have a glass of Rodney. Read More

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  • Raymond Burr Cabernet Franc Dry Creek Valley 2004


    Honestly I liked the flavor, but it grew more pleasing as I took time to really let the flavors work. Also, a couple from Napa came in to pick up their yearly shipment and they raved about the Cab Franc. So you could say I was influenced by their excitement probably more than the wine itself. Still, a solid purchase and a nice discussion piece d... Read More

    Wine review by jjknight38

  • I just saw this article on Wines & Vines. Apparently, the US is jumping on to the Rose bandwagon. To quote the article:"Sales of rosé wines priced $8 and above grew 53.2% by value and 49.1% by volume during the 52 weeks ending Feb. 9, 2008"In addition the article states that Rose... Read More

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  • Chateau Bourbon la Chapelle 2005


    Lovely nose of bing cherries and violets. Red fruit - red currant, cherries. What strikes me is that it is really smooth and has a nice balance of everything... the fruit, a little wood, a bit tannic, a bit of heat. The finish had a taste of bacon fat (finally found out how wine can taste like bacon fat!). More fruit than other Left Bank bor... Read More

    Wine review by winolee

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