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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  • James Leigh Cellars Palette 2003

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    Upon reading the sommelier's description of this wine I was eager to pick up on all the nuances described, including all the earthy, leathery notes so integral to my enjoyment of a red. Unfortunately, this vintage shows itself to be unexceptional, relying on what tastes like traditional oak standbys. Enjoyable, but priced a little too high for w... Read More

    Wine review by agentcox


  • Opus One Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley 2004

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    Wine review by duekie


  • Vieux Telegraphe 1997

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    Wine review by Dalene M


  • Chateau Palmer Margaux Third Growth 2004

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    Wine review by erineliz1010


  • Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Franc Orange County Reserve 2004

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    Wine review by Redz


  • Roanoke Vineyards de Rosa Rosé 2007

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    An off-dry wine with 0.5% residual sugar. There's some grapefruit on the nose and palate. Light round fruit shows underneath with a hint of sweetness. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • We live in the far South West of England, a long way from the usual cross ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and some Petit Verdot. The grapes are carefully selected in the field and also undergo a further hand sorting during the wine making process. The vinification process takes place in oak vats and aging in barrels for abou... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bordeaux trip


  • Filliatreau Saumur-Champigny la Grande Vignolle 2005

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    Wine review by jfquinn


  • Here at New York Wine Co., we are devoted to scouring the globe for what we ... Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet FrancA creation of Jean-Luc Thunevin, one of Frances great modern winemakers, "Presidial" combines lush Merlot inspired fruitiness with the structure of the classic 2005 Bordeaux vintage.Hirsch Vineyards 2007 Pinot Noir "Bohan-D... Read More

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  • The California Wine Party Franc/Merlot 2006

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    Very dry mostly cabernet franc (70%), merlot (26%) and petite sirah (4%). A sharp wine, with dry finish. Hints of clove. Read More

    Wine review by psimac


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