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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  • Chateau Haut Rian Bordeaux Rose 2016

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington ... ... sauvignon,25% merlot and 15% cabernet franc. I started the bottle last night with my supper of fish cakes and salad.It is a dry,but not bone-dry wine with plenty of a strawberry,cranberry and redcurrant style fruit.It was refreshing and went well with the me Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Château le Boscq Cru Bourgeois Saint-Estèphe 1990

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website ... petit verdot and 2% cabernet franc and was aged in oak barrels.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast pork.There is plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and cherry style fruit with a hint of vanilla. The tannins were very soft and I reckon a quarter of a century of bottle age h... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • There are lots of wine brands out there, but only some can be called iconic. ... Sauvignon, and eight percent Cabernet Franc to achieve perfect pitch. This was wine writer Jeff Burrows’ top pick of the evening. New Zealand’s cool climate allows for a “sexy and elegant interpretation of Merlot and Cabernet”, he says.  Wine writer Will Pollard n... Read More

    From the article What it means to be a wine icon.


  • Chateau Laroque Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2010

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    I was given this bottle of wine and have no idea where my benefactor got it ... consists of 87% merlot,11% cabernet franc and 2% cabernet sauvignon and spent 18 months in oak barrels. I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb. There is plenty of a blackcurrant,blueberry and plum style fruit with a hint of vanilla.The tannins... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Jacqueline Bahue Cabernet Franc Lodi 2012

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    Best wine ever had. Read More

    Wine review by jazzdreams


  • This is an interesting blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Cabernet Franc.  I'd give it a 7.1 out of 10. Read More

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  • Concha Y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Marqués de Casa Concha 2009

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    " young like a baby now; will be better and more evolved come fall, winter and over the next few years. " is what WE said in 2011. Well they were wrong - after 6 years in the cellar this is just plain stupid good. Fruit - muscular but flowing, full bodied and layered with large tannins a driving acidity this last forever. Hold for 2-3 years i... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Chateau de Francs Francs Cotes de Bordeaux 2009

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    I bought three bottles of this wine for £20 from the website ... consists of ... consists of 70% merlot,20% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon and was aged in a combination of oak barrels and stainless steel tanks.I started my first bottle last night with my supper of lamb chops. There is plenty of a blackcurrant,blackberry and plum sty... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • My admiration for Murrieta’s Well and their winemaker, Robbie Meyer, is ... Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, 9% Cabernet FrancThe 2013 vintage of The Spur was driven by Petite Sirah, so I was excited to see that Cabernet Sauvignon takes center stage in 2014.  This latest vintage is noted for its texture and tannic structure. The weight and depth on t... Read More

    From the article Secret Sauce Wines: Murrieta's Well


  • Chateau Plaisance-Branne Montagne Saint-Emilion 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • This is the cab franc I love best so far... http://stoneflyvineyards.windsorvineyards.coresense.com/index/page/static/subpage/about_cabFranc

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