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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  • Jacqueline Bahue Cabernet Franc Lodi 2013


    A Naked Wines selection; Brown ruby color and translucent in the glass. Opens with cherry/strawberry/cranberry, then vanilla and plum, and then more toasty plum, and finally, a bit of allspice and other baking spices. Soft and well balanced tannins and acidity and nice full mouthfeel, with just a bite of youth. Medium long finish of cedar, vanil... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • This is pertinent to that other thread I started on product placements (sortof) ... ... 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. This extraordinary vineyard (a few miles to the west of Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion) has hit all the highlights of this vintage. Interestingly, the quality of the Pomerols and Graves wines in 2012 is closer to... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Langlois-Chateau Cremant de Loire Langlois Brut Rose


    Nice little number had with Crab Cakes at Perry's. Completely enjoyable, smooth, bubbly, with bright ripe fruit and floral notes, great acidity. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Recent research shows that a glass of red wine a day is like twenty minutes of ... Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, 2% Petit VerdotBlack mineral, violet, and distinct notes of menthol tinged herb greet the nose here followed by a nice touch of vanilla and deep, slightly stewy black fruit aromas. Rich in the mouth, this sho... Read More

    From the article Drink Value Cabernet Before It's Too Late

  • Chateau Anthonic Moulis En Medoc 2010


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a wine merchant in Sussex. Moulis is ... ... cabernet sauvignon,8% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot.and spent 12 months in an oak barrel. I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast chicken and I did enjoy it.There is some licorice,cherry and blackcurrant style fruit there and the tannins... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Cepas Elegidas Cinq 2009


    Each barrel that made up this blend was aged 22 months in French and American Oak barrels, 6 of which were first use providing great structure and balance. Cooperages of the oak selected is Mercier, Slyvain, Remond, Mistral and Odyse, all in 225L format. The wines were racked only twice during aging and aged sur lie for 14 months. The lees were ... Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • I had a lovely right bank claret from a petit chateau, It was Cuvee La Rose ... blend of 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc and was aged for 12 months in oak barrels.I had it with my supper of lamb chops. There was plenty of blackcurrant and plum style fruit there and the tannins were soft but sufficient to give structure. This is just what a g... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Chateau Clos Bourbon Cuvee la Rose Bourbon Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux 2012


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Chelsea [ ... blend of 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc which spends 12 months in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of lamb chops and I did enjoy it. There is lots of a plum and blackcurrant style fruit there and the tannins are soft but give good st... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • A chunk of Washington wine growing land was just too tempting for one well known Canadian family.  Aquilini Investment Group, which bears the name of the family who owns the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks, has begun development of 690 acres of land on Red Mountain, a chunk of land included in the Red Mountain American Viticultural Ar... Read More

    From the article Canadian Invasion! Hockey Honchos Buy, Develop Washington Land

  • Bodega Benegas Red Blend Don Tiburcio 2009


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    Wine review by ANDRES BELINSKY

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

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