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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  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Cabernet Franc 2007


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    Wine review by babyubu1

  • The term Super Tuscan was born a controversy some 40 years ago. The controversy ... SuisassiAmpeleia Ampeleia (Cabernet Franc-based blend)Piaggia Cabernet Franc Poggio de' Colli Affordable Gems:Duemani CiFraMontepeloso A QuoTenuta dell’Ornellaia Le Serre NuoveAmepelia KeposTenuta Montetti Caburn Read More

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  • Went to TW to pick-up some daily drinkers and I was faced with the following decision:2010-Montoya Cab, 2011 Montoya Cab, or 2012 Montoya Cab? This opportunity is rare but I ruled out the 2011 first and then it came down to the 2010 vs. 2012. I went for the 2010 although the 2012 was a great vintage. (I may go back and buy a 2012 and do a side-b... Read More

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  • April will not be the month of fools for three winemakers, three wineries and a long list of wines. This past week the American Fine Wine Competition & Gala (AFWC) announced the winners of its yearly competition, whose awards will be handed out at a celebratory fundraising dinner April 24 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa.  A tri... Read More

    From the article Winner, Winner April Dinner: Fine Wine Gala Announces Number Ones

  • Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery Cab F Vio 2013


    Light and fruity, this is red wine for people who don't really like red wine. No tannic bite. Lush finish. Lots of cherry and berry notes. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • D'Angelo Estate Winery Merlot Cabernet Franc 2009


    I have not tasted this producer before - although I was aware of the family operation in Essex County Ontario. This wine, however, comes from an estate at Penticton BC. The colour is dark and rich followed by an enticing aroma of stewed red fruit such as cherry (dominant) mixed with berries of the vaccinium family. On the palate, there is goo... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Bernard Baudry Chinon les Granges 2012


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • The middle of February has long been a time to celebrate love. The ancient ... ... truffles. Oveja Negra Cabernet Franc-Carmenere with Molten Chocolate Lava Cake A unique blend of 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Carmenere from Maule Valley in Chile, this medium bodied wine provides plenty of red and black fruit notes with a underlying bit of spice ... Read More

    From the article Wine & Chocolate Pairings (in a Love Emergency)

  • There are countless delicious wines you could enjoy with your Valentine this ... ... from Chile. It uses Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carménère grapes – all the best of Bordeaux at an incredibly reasonably price. Grab this now before the prices shoot sky high! Cherry aromas and bits of spice emerge from the nose. Red and black fruit... Read More

    From the article 10 Storytelling Wines for Valentine's Day

  • Reserve Mouton Cadet Saint-Emilion 2009


    This bottle of wine was on special offer at my local supermarket before ... ... consists of 80% merlot,10% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon.I started my bottle the other night with my supper of roast lamb.There is a fairly tart cherry style fruit there but it was fairly tannic even on the second evening. It was not as smooth and mello... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

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