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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  • Private Reserve Lalande de Pomerol Christian Moueix 2003

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/126531 for £5.Lalande de Pomerol is a right bank Bordeaux appellation created in 1954,although there has been viticulture here since at least the 12th century,for red wines from the two communes of Lalande de Pomerol and Neac,just north of the commune of Pomerol its... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • For me, Cabernet Franc is completely different. A good wine, but nothing that is really going to wine me over.  Lots of berries--blueberries, blackberries--up front,  A ton of Spring Mountain tannin tells you that this is a grown ups' wine.  I like it, but it is not making me crave my next CF. Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Terra Valentine Cabernet Franc Napa Valley 2009

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    Very pretty purple color. Berries on entryblueberry seems to provide sweetishness and blackberry seems to provide jamminess. There are, also, some plum flavors. Some still very serious tanninthat seems to be a signature characteristic of Spring Mountain red wines--but Im liking it. Tannin, understandably, causes some roughness way in the rea... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Saved Wines Magic Maker Rose California 2016

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    Fleshy watermelon and strawberry aromas. Quite zesty on the palate with a burst of acidity, tart cherry and watermelon on the palate with a bit more strawberry fruit on the tart tangy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Château Rollan de By Cru Bourgeois Médoc Bordeaux 2011

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    I bought two bottles of this wine for £12 from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctionms/show/127219. Geographically,the Medoc is the entire peninsular north of the City of Bordeaux but the appellation of that name created in 1936 only refers to the 16 communes at the northern end.The area is sometimes called the Bas-Medoc or Lower-Medoc though... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Fattoria di Rignana Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    A bit of eucalyptus on the nose with soft molasses and floral aromas, dark berry and rich cherry aromas. This is spicy and fresh, with ripe berry notes on the palate and a well integrated fruit, spice, earth blend that's equally represented, approachable and pleasant. Dark chocolate cranberries and dried herbs round off the finish. 90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Vintage Ink Limited Edition Whisky Barrel Aged Red 2015

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    Pours a muddled dark cherry color, with plum and Earthy soiled undertones. Aromas of booze right up front that soften with some oxidation, and along comes soft vanilla, dark cherry, liquor (whisky) and oak char. The flavors follow suit with plenty of smoky oak barrel, whisky, dark cherry and perhaps blueberry.....yup there's definitely blueber... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Chateau le Fourneau 1990

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/124497 for £15.Saint Estephe is a Bordeaux appellation that was created in 1936 [although viticulture in the area goes back centuries] for red wines only from the single commune around the village of that name in the north of the Medoc peninsular.I have been unable ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaines Barons de Rothschild Legende Saint Emilion 2014

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    Austere and concentrated black currant and fog aromas with savory pepper and cedar box spice on the nose. Attractive blackberry and black cherry fruit with sticky tannins and dark plum on the palate, a bit herbal with pronounced earth notes on the finish, a touch of black olive and dark chocolate with good length. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Retailers report, and empirical evidence demonstrates, that Valentine's Day ... ... (43%), Merlot (20%), Cabernet Franc (15%), Petit Verdot (13%) and Malbec (9%). This is a rich, well-structured wine, particularly for the price. Second, there’s that Secret Squirrel label! From an image of a squirrel in a red mask on the front, to this descript... Read More

    From the article Eleventh Hour Valentine's Day Wines


  • This is the cab franc I love best so far... http://stoneflyvineyards.windsorvineyards.coresense.com/index/page/static/subpage/about_cabFranc

    Comment by 87843napagirl68 87843 napagirl68


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