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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  • Vista Del Luna Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    A recent Tasting Room selection; Purple Red semi-opaque in the glass. Opens ... ... style - felt more like a Cabernet Franc. Cannot think what this one would have paired well with? Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • White wines are a summer classic, but it has been a long summer. There is a ... a ... Summertime Red GrapesCabernet FrancWhen it's hot out and rosé doesn't fit the bill, there's no summer red better than Cabernet Franc. This parent of Cabernet Sauvignon is lighter in body than its offspring, but still offers all the earthy, spicy flavors and ... Read More

    From the article Superior Red Wines for Summertime


  • Yep, you're right DM - I left out fishing! Fishing was my favorite pastime ... Sauvignon blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, and a great little Pinot noir.  At another winery I produced a nice little pink bubbly from Chardonnay and Pinot noir fruit.I know there are quite a few more wineries out there now and that they've come a long way.  I thoug... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Have enology-related questions?


  • Hi, I'm Bruce.  I'm a UC Davis graduate of enology (26 years ago..alas) and have recently joined Snooth.  I was a former winemaker and enologist at two wineries on Long Island during the 1990s and am now semi-retired in Sarasota, FL.I'm still working in the wine trade, part-time in retail, but otherwise retired.  I'm still active in wine and eno... Read More

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  • Let me add my welcome here also Demelza.  As RCKR noted, Margaux is in the ... ... from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and a couple other red grapes.  There is a small amount of white wine produced there, mainly made up of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.Since you're a fan of Macon Blanc, I'd think you would also like Chablis, which is... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Chateau Sauvetat-Loumer Premieres Cotes de Blaye 2000

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/85406.Three AOC's,Blaye,Cotes de Blaye, and Premieres Cotes de Blaye [ the latter for the more prestigious properties ] were created in 1936 and they all refer to 40 communes around the town of Blaye on the east side of the Gironde estuary in the Bor... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Wine myths are often unspoken but incredibly pervasive. Their looming presence ... ... grape varieties such as cabernet franc, chardonnay, merlot, petite sirah, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, syrah, zinfandel, and many more. The styles and prices of our wines vary as greatly as the wines produced. One day, one may enjoy traditional method spark... Read More

    From the article Wine Myths: Debunked


  • Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe TastingWhen: July 24Where: Pierre Loti ... ... ... made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc, which benefit from the clay- and chalk-rich soils. Merlot makes up the majority (about 65%) of vines planted around Saint-Emilion, and continues to increase in popularity because of the softer, more approachable wine styles i... Read More

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  • Chateau Branaire Duluc Ducru St Julien Grand Cru Classe 1995

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/85406.Saint Julien is a Bordeaux appellation created in 1936 for wines from in and around the Saint-Julien-Beychevelle commune on the Medoc peninsular.It is a small but prestigious appellation with 11 Grand Cru Classe in the 1855 classification,one of which ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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    Wine review by johnnyxbar


  • 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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