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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  • I have had and enjoyed a number of 98 right bank clarets.I even had a 98 ... blended with a little cabernet fran Read More

    Forum post in the topic Celebration Bordeaux


  • Hi All-Have not had a chance to get on here for a while. After my daughter was born in 98 and the wines started coming out a couple years later I started buying 98s from Bugundy and Bordeaux as I came across them. A couple days ago I opened one for the first time to celebrate her getting into the USC drama school. All of a sudden we're Trojan fo... Read More

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  • Terre di Ger Lison-Pramaggiore 2003

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    Peppery taste, very smooth dinner wine. Read More

    Wine review by HappyJack


  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, eighty-three percent of wine from the ... wines, including the Estate Cabernet Franc, Huntress Red Blend, and Reserve Red Blend are also annual sellouts. Penns Woods Winery, founded by importer and winemaker Gino Razzi in 2004 with his acquisition of the former Smithbridge Winery in Chadds Ford, produce... Read More

    From the article Wine in America, Beyond California


  • Chateau Fontenil 2010

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    The 2010 Fontenil is an elegant wine with a nose of blackberry confit or jam; the entry is soft, with pencil lead (graphite),soft tannin, and brambleberry dominant. There are woody notes on the finish not entirely sourced to oak conditioning, so we stop short at 89. Ready to roll. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Domaine-Sarrail Cabernet Franc 2014

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    Produce Station, Ann Arbor, 4/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Mas Elena Do 2011

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    Really nice blend. A bit on the dry side but it perked up on the second day to have a smoother finish. Returned to dryer finish day 3. Nice blend of black and red fruits. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Once I was home and relaxing last night - watching Terminator 2 for the 20th ... perhaps - I opened this nice Cabernet Franc from Barboursville Vineyards and enjoyed a glass.  It's pretty good for a Virginia wine. : Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chateau les Trois Croix Fronsac 2004

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a wine merchant in Sussex. Fronsac ... ... of 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc,a typical blend for a right bank claret, and is aged for a year in oak barrels. I started it last night with my supper of roast turkey breast. It is full of a blackcurrant,blackberry and plum style fruit with a little ciga... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Belle Cure Bordeaux France Merlot Blend 2015

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    Wine review by Phil Ned


  • 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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