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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  • Robert Keenan Cabernet Franc 2010


    Clear dark plum color in the glass. Bit of a chemical or mineral nose. Very assertive on entry. Not a lot of fruitmaybe, some blackberry, maybe, a suggestion of stone fruit. A lot of puckery dryness from tannin, but that also gives the suggestion of unsweetened cocoa. A mouth-filling, full-bodied wine. Definitely a big boys wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Château Saint-Pierre 1995


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... sauvignon,15% merlot and 10% cabernet franc from vines averaging 50 years in age and aged in oak barrels for 18 months..I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast pork and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a blackcurrant style fruit there with tannins just strong enough to give stru... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Noble Hill Estate Blend Simonsberg-Paarl 2012


    Light red fruit on the nose. Showing some cooked yet fresh red fruit, raspberry and red currant. Quite delicate in the mouth but does supply some supple texture towards the finish which is zesty and chewy, with some licorice and cherry notes bubbling up. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Chateau Toulouze la Metaire Graves de Vayres 2007


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Clerckenwell [ ... of 75% ... [ ... of 75% merlot and 25% cabernet franc and was aged for 12 months in oak barrels;in other words it is a typical right bank Bordeaux red .. I started my bottle yesterday with my supper of roast lamb and I did enjoy it. There is plenty of a blackcurrant and p... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Casa Rondena Meritage 2012


    From a local opposed to other wines of this relatively old age, still a bit young in the bottle.Brown Ruby Red semi-opaque in the glass with little legs. Opens with milk chocolate plum mousse; then off to cherry rhubarb; finally a bit of raisin honey.Not much of this carries over to the palate. Medium full in the mouth with mineralit... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Chateau Clos des Conreries Bordeaux France Red Blend 2012


    a perfect blend causing a smooth silky pleasant taste to across the palate. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Hi everybody I'm a small store owner at the edge of the rust belt, my customers rarely spend over $20 for a bottle, and I am looking to improve my selection a bit beyond what is here now. If you have a minute to help a guy out let me know what you think are the best wines that usually sell for $20 or less. Thanks ! Read More

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  • Basel Cellars Ode To Merriment Columbia Valley 2004


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    Wine review by markmas

  • This one caught my eye. Not pinot noir, but gamay a la Loire via Oregon and Ian ... of 45% Gamay Noir and 55% Cabernet Franc should taste and just trust us on this one. This intersection of thriving wild berry fruit, wild mountain herbs, and savory, floral complexity is one of the most profoundly interesting wines we’ve tried all year and is so... Read More

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  • Yeah vinOvinO, I bit too. An eclectic mix I think.Cabot Vineyards - Aged Zins ... ... Road Vyd Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc, 2013 Willamette Valley Gamay Noir Rosé Eola-Amity Hills, 2013 Willard Farms/Thistle Vineyard Washington/Oregon Pinot Noir/Gamay Noir, 2014 Rogue Valley Grenache Blanc/MarsanneCowan Cellars -  The Italians - 2ea 2012 Ri... Read More

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