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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  • Giant Steps Harry S Monster 2005


    An Australian Bordeaux! Yummmy!Colour: Deep Cherry almost a burgundyAroma: Spice, leather and black cherryTaste: Great tannin, medium finish and lots of black fruit but not overpowering. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn

  • Viader Cabernet Franc Napa Valley Dare 2005


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    Wine review by thesnag

  • Château la Bienfaisance Red Bordeaux Blend St. Émilion Grand Cru 2004


    Intense cherry, menthol and minerals notes with a concentrated dark ruby color. Medium bodied with excellent fruit ripeness. Cassis and black cherry flavors combine with rich silky tannins for a firm finish. Read More

    Wine review by Greg Roberts

  • Château le Conseiller 2005


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    Wine review by njkrut

  • Dominio Buenavista Veleta Nolados 2005


    Jammy fruits greet the nose then a fine vegetal tone of ripe Cabernet franc, light chili notes and interesting nuances of baking clay and balsamic woods join in. Light and elegant in the mouth, the fruit is jewel like with fine precision and a mouth cleansing quality. Really fine balance to the polished tannins and ripe acidity that supports dar... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Ducru Beaucaillou 2004


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    Wine review by jazzmanATB

  • Château Guiraud-Cheval-Blanc Red Bordeaux Blend Côtes de Bourg 2005


    Made of Merlot, Cab Sauv, Malbec and Cab Franc. It feels soft and velvety in the mouth. It's an easy drinking wine. Without the heavy tannins, you can pair it with light meats and even some fish dishes. Delicious! Read More

    Wine review by L5V2

  • Château Hortevie Red Bordeaux Blend St. Julien 2004


    Decanted for 30 minutes before serving. A nicely defined nose with dark fruit, cedar, earth, and leather. The strength of the nose was not overpowering but the individual aromas were still distinguishable. Once in the mouth this wine showed its stuff. Black currant and plum fruit were most prominant with an exceptional balance on the palate.... Read More

    Wine review by ttutony

  • Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards Cabernet Franc Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Bottled 2004


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    Wine review by kcfries

  • Campo di Sasso Insoglio Merlot 2005


    A typical expression of this estate wonderful terroir. Balanced, round, and ... blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, and Petit Verdot. Medium body with Blackberry and Flowers accented with Oak. Nice tannins and hints of Cocoa and Coffee help the finish draw o Read More

    Wine review by Lestat11331

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