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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  • Orin Swift Cellars Papillon Napa Valley 2012

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    Chalky, big, young, full bodied. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Garage Wine Co Perverso NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Chateau Clement-Pichon Haut-Medoc 1999

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from a wine merchant in Sussex.Haut-Medoc ... cabernet sauvignon and 5% cabernet franc and was aged in oak barrels. I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast pork and I really enjoyed it.It is positively bursting with a blackcurrant,plum,cherry and bramble style fruit and the tannins are soft b... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Barboursville Octagon 2010

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    Easily the best red Virginia wine we've had. There's a hint of perfume on the nose from the cab franc and a bit of blackberry. The merlot stands out on the palate with its smooth mouthfeel and fine grained tannins. There is also a nice note of crushed black cherry along with other well integrated red and black fruit. Well balanced, with medium a... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Henri Bourgeois Cabernet Franc Petit Bourgeois 2011

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    Wine review by gomariago


  • Adelaida Cellars the Tribe 2010

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    Really nice 2010 Paso red blend. Crushed black cherry nose, more black cherry, red cherry, green plum, light fine grained tannins, nice acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Carmody Mcknight Cuvée Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah NV

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    Interesting red Paso blend of 50/50 cab franc and petite sirah. Bright red cherry, tart cranberry, mouth watering acidity and just a slight touch of heat from the 15.1% ABV. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Sterling Vineyards Cellar Club Cabernet Franc Napa Valley 2009

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    Wine review by mnotani


  • Oliver Conti Turó Negre 2010

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Well, it's been two weeks and yes, it was time for another massage. ... ... flatbread.  I loved the Cabernet Franc the best so I had a glass of that - part of this wonderful deal.  It's just what the doctor ordere Read More

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  • 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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