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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  • Le Vendangeoir Saint Nicolas-de-Bourgueil 2014


    Great raspberry scent on this Touraine wine with similar red berry flavours on entry. The wine is somewhat light and cheerful - perfect for drinking alone or with light meat dishes. Excellent price - especially for downtown Paris. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • La Croix de Mission Domaine des Rochelles Anjou-Villages Brissac 2008


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Chelsea [ ... ... sauvignon and only 10% cabernet franc. It is aged in stainless steel tanks.I started my bottle last night with my supper of chicken pie and I did enjoy it.It is a dark ruby red in colour and there is some intense blackcurrant and liquorice style fruit there... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • We finally saw "Book of Mormon" last night at The Kennedy Center in ... Enamore - a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Bonarda.  Boy, was this a great wine - and only around $45 for the bottle in the restaurant and about $20-$25 retail if you can find it.  It wasn't on their wine list either - helps to listen to the wine g... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Château Saint-André Corbin Red Bordeaux Blend St. Georges-St. Émilion 1998


    I bought this bottle of wine from a wine merchant in Sussex for £12. Saint ... ... of 75% merlot and 25% cabernet franc,a fairly typical blend for a right bank claret, and is aged in oak barrels.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb and I did enjoy it. There is plenty of a blackcurrant and plum style fruit there and the... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Black Hand Cellars Cabernet Franc 2010


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    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • El Enemigo Cabernet Franc 2011


    This is the best cab franc I have ever had. It is a glorious bordeaux-style wine. Enjoy it with steak or lamb. It is big, robust, and fruity without going over the top. Great balance. Read More

    Wine review by ncmathsadist

  • Rombauer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


    Deep dark black fruit aromas with a hint of black pepper. Light and fresh fruits with good acidity balance the rich vanilla and oak flavors. Black currants and Kalamata olives evolve over the palate. Toast and leather shore up for the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Annabella Special Selection Merlot 2011


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    Wine review by veriwine

  • Villa Francioni Tinto 2006


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    Wine review by RNicoluzzi

  • Villa Francioni Tinto


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    Wine review by RNicoluzzi

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

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