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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  • Château Vielle tour la Rose, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, 2010 2010


    A Lot 18 buy. Big, beautiful, ripe, and luscious. Dark and inky. Opens with ripe plum and cherry preserves, then chocolate and fudge and lavender and vanilla, wet cedar and oak. Big mouthful, well balanced tannins and acidity with a finish that goes on and on. Did not decant, but got better and better and more subtle in the glass. Ridiculously... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Tokaj, Maule, Yarra and Georgia. They may not sound like much now, but a ... ... from cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, and petit verdot.” Southern Australia's Yarra Valley may also be one of the future's premier regions, McCoy said. “This spot is a hotbed of young ambitious winemakers,” she wrote. “They're mainly chasing great pinot... Read More

    From the article Bloomberg Predicts The Next Eight Great Wine Regions

  • Received this bottle of 2010 Owen Roe Cabernet Franc Rosa Mystica. Grown in one of the cooler sites in the Yakima Valley.This wine was incredibly memorable due to it's many flavors, some prevalent and some masked. Cherry, blueberry, current, forest floor, dust, chocolate, some floral, spice, oak and wonderful long lasting taste.I've had a few di... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Owen Roe Cabernet Franc Rosa Mystica Block 2010


    Received this as a Christmas gift and oh what a wonderful gift. This could be one of my favorite Cabernet type wines. Deep beautiful cherry and current, forest floor chocolate, blueberry, nice acidity and well balanced tannins. This gives way to a spicy long lasting finish. Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis

  • Things are going slow but steady in British Columbia.  The ... ... Sauvignon, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Riesling and Suavignon Blanc,” she wrote. The numbers indicate not much has changed in B.C.'s top-grape numbers, save for the modest rise of pinot noir and cabernet franc. As for the white wines the region produces – pinot gris,... Read More

    From the article BCFG Releases Vineyard Stats for 2014 Growing Season

  • Made a trip to Pahrump Nevada today to play a round of golf with my friends at Mountain Falls GC. Amazing course! Rated #1 in Nevada and the #7 public course in America. Who would have thought a course that nice could be located smack dab in the middle of basically no-mans land.Because the trip is 45 minutes from Vegas, I decided to visit the wi... Read More

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  • Blackwood Lane Cabernet Franc 2010


    There's nothing like a beautiful summer day in the Fraser Valley - but it's ... better with Blackwood Lane Cabernet Franc. The 2010 is deep cherry red in colour and redolent of crushed blackberry, menthol and a hint of cardamom. Entry is very pleasing - with a creamy blackberry-cherry core and a touch of spice. Good finesse, balance and ele... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • "what besides cabs and chards have you tried lately"Don't know ... ... for educational purposes.Cabernet FrancMalbecCarignanePetit VerdotSangiovese *Alicante Bouschet *Mataro *Tempranillo *Muscat Hamburg *MissionCarnelianTannatPrimitivoGamay (Napa) *Touriga Nacional *RoyaltyMeunier *NebbioloDolcettoMontepulcianoCharbonoTeroldegoCinsaut *Souzao... Read More

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  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • Chateau Poujeaux 2009


    The first Poujeaux that has slipped by the tonsils this year and it seems the very opaque, sang d'homme colour makes good its hedonic promise; the nose is blackberry, menthol and beet followed by a mature, balanced cedar plank, blackberry and vanilla entry. Very satisfying and ready to drink now, though can be cellared for a few more years. 8... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • This is the cab franc I love best so far...

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