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 le Fourneau 1990

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/124497 for £15.Saint Estephe is a Bordeaux appellation that was created in 1936 [although viticulture in the area goes back centuries] for red wines only from the single commune around the village of that name in the north of the Medoc peninsular.I have been unable ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaines Barons de Rothschild Legende Saint Emilion 2014

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    Austere and concentrated black currant and fog aromas with savory pepper and cedar box spice on the nose. Attractive blackberry and black cherry fruit with sticky tannins and dark plum on the palate, a bit herbal with pronounced earth notes on the finish, a touch of black olive and dark chocolate with good length. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Retailers report, and empirical evidence demonstrates, that Valentine's Day ... ... (43%), Merlot (20%), Cabernet Franc (15%), Petit Verdot (13%) and Malbec (9%). This is a rich, well-structured wine, particularly for the price. Second, there’s that Secret Squirrel label! From an image of a squirrel in a red mask on the front, to this descript... Read More

    From the article Eleventh Hour Valentine's Day Wines


  • Château la Garelle Puits Razat Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2014

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    I got given this bottle of wine at Christmas and I have no idea where my ... ... cabernet sauvignon and 10% cabernet franc and was aged in oak barrels for 20 months.I started the bottle the other evening with my supper of lamb shanks.There is plenty of a blackberry,plum and blackcurrant style fruit with a suggestion of vanilla on the finish.Th... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Belle Cure Bordeaux France Merlot Blend 2015

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    Here's the thing: while I enjoy Bordeaux's in the Oak the trend to age these wines in the steel/cement seems to have merit by the way this wine is fresh, exciting and pleasant. I will be more inclined to imbibe more often on the latter. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Wine Spots Colchagua Valley 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by AndreaLouise01


  • Guy Allion Cabernet Franc 'Les Quatre Pierres' 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by babyubu1


  • Chateau Bellegrave Cru Bourgeois Pauillac 2002

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... sauvignon,31% merlot and 7% cabernet franc and spent a year in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of baked chicken breast There is some blackcurrant,blackberry and bramble style fruit but the main impresion is of suggestions of coffee or smoke.The tannins are soft but pr... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau de la Dauphine Fronsac 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/119446. Fronsac is an appellation created in 1936 for red and rose wines from 7 communes around the village of that name west of the town of Libourne and north of the Dorgogne river.[Canon-Fronsac is a sub-appellation created in 1964 for two of those commune... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • The history of Keenan Winery started over 40 years ago. It is located high ... ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Zinfandel. Robert Parker Jr has on numerous occasions rated the wines between 90 and 97 points. The Robert Keenan Winery is committed to quality, and it shows through every bottle of their wine, ri... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Keenan Winery - The Best...


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

    Comment by 87843napagirl68 87843 napagirl68


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