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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  • St. Supéry Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011


    Had at friendly 's tavern. Read More

    Wine review by gmb468

  • Early Mountain Vineyards Red Vine 2012


    This Virginia red blend started off half way decent but faded fast. A blend of 38% Merlot, 27% Cab Franc, 14% Malbec, 11% Cab Sauv and 10% Petit Verdot, initial impression came across with some red berries, a touch of earth and a hint of oak. All of this dissipated fairly quickly leaving a hint of fruit, slightly chalky tannins and medium short ... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Château Moine Vieux St. Émilion-Grand Cru 2011


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    Wine review by Frenzy

  • Chateau le Logis de Sipian 1989


    I bought this bottle of wine for £7 from the website It is from the Medoc appellation.Geographically the Medoc is the entire peninsular north of the City of Bordeaux but the AOC of that name created in 1936 only refers to 16 communes at the northern end. The area is sometimes called the Bas-Medoc or Lowe... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • According to the numbers, wine from the United States is an afterthought in ... Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. From 1981 to 2014, the state's total number of wineries jumped from 19 to 850 and total wine production increased more than 200,000 tons. Photo Credit: Pixab Read More

    From the article WA to Oz: Aussie Rep Explores Export Options for Washington Wine

  • La Cote de Tire Pe 2011


    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... blend of 60% merlot and 40% cabernet franc and is aged in oak barrels.I started it last night with my chicken supper and I did enjoy it.There is a lot of an intense blackcurrant,cherry and plum style fruit there and the tannins are soft but well structured.In short this is a lovely win Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Chateau de la Durandiere Vieilles Vignes Saumur 2013


    I bought this bottle of wine for 6 euros from the Louis de Grenelle shop when I ... red , made from a blend of cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon, is from Chateau de la Durandiere,the family estate of the Bodet family.It is a Vieilles Vignes from vines over 40 years old.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast chicken and I did... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Le Vendangeoir Saint Nicolas-de-Bourgueil 2014


    Great raspberry scent on this Touraine wine with similar red berry flavours on entry. The wine is somewhat light and cheerful - perfect for drinking alone or with light meat dishes. Excellent price - especially for downtown Paris. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • La Croix de Mission Domaine des Rochelles Anjou-Villages Brissac 2008


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Chelsea [ ... ... sauvignon and only 10% cabernet franc. It is aged in stainless steel tanks.I started my bottle last night with my supper of chicken pie and I did enjoy it.It is a dark ruby red in colour and there is some intense blackcurrant and liquorice style fruit there... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • We finally saw "Book of Mormon" last night at The Kennedy Center in ... Enamore - a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Bonarda.  Boy, was this a great wine - and only around $45 for the bottle in the restaurant and about $20-$25 retail if you can find it.  It wasn't on their wine list either - helps to listen to the wine g... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • This is the cab franc I love best so far...

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