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 Vray Croix de Gay Red Bordeaux Blend Pomerol 2001

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    I bought two bottles of this wine for £37 from the website ... of 80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc and spent 18 months in oak barrels.I started the first bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb.This is a fairly full bodied wine with plenty of a raspberry,blackcurrant and plum style fruit with more than a hint of coffee or smoke on the ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Pedesclaux Paulliac Ac 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £28 from the website ... sauvignon,45% merlot and 5% cabernet franc and was aged in oak barrels.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast chicken. There is plenty of a fresh blackcurrant,blackberry and plum style fruit with a hint of coffee or smoke.The tannins are soft but the wine has plenty of b... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Brancaia Ilatraia Rosso Tuscany 2014

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    Deeply fruited with blackberries and black currant notes, fresh spice and a clean, concentrated fruit, lightly floral with good complexity. Tart dry and complex on the palate with a good mixture of red and black fruit, an earthy character with tart and smoky chocolate tannins, herbal licorice and oak notes and a deceptively light finish of choco... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chateau Carignan 2015

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    Once again, this modest property does not disappoint; the merlot element dominates, to be sure, but there is the deep, cassis element of Cabernet present which lifts the wine to near Cru pretensions. Plenty of chocolate, coffee and black currant here - with a long finish. 90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau le Roudier 2015

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    This is a fine Bordeaux Superieur for the price, with a typically plummy, cassis nose. The colour is deep cherry red, and the entry is very light, smooth - perhaps a little stemmy - but full of the usual plum and dried currant flavours associated with a Merlot-dominated Bordeaux of modest pretenses. The finish is medium with plenty of vanilla.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau du Seuil Graves 2003

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... sauvignon,45% merlot and 5% cabernet franc and spent 18 months in oak barrels. I started the bottle last night with my pasta supper.There is plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and cherry style fruit with hints of vanilla and soft but structured tannins. In short,this is a beautiful claret that would ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Lamartine Cotes de Castillon 2004

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £7 from the website ... cabernet sauvignon,5% cabernet franc and 5% malbec and was aged in cement vats.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb. There is plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and cherry style fruit with a hint of smoke or cigar box and soft but structured tannins. In short,this is a ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • As a long-time resident of Philadelphia, trips to “Wine Country” ... also has a wonderful unoaked Cabernet Franc.On Cayuga Lake, no run-down of the “old guard” would be complete without Swedish Hill (try the Optimus, a Bordeaux blend); Sheldrake Point (who, among many stellar wines, has a Gamay Noir and a Reserve Gamay of which the folks in Be... Read More

    From the article This world-class wine region was in my backyard.


  • How does an iconic Napa Valley winery celebrate seventy-five years of making ... Petite Verdot, 4% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Syrah. It is young and full of life. Notes of cherry, plum, spice, roses, cassis, sweet tobacco, cedar, and licorice are layered on the palate. It’s rich and opulent — yet elegant — with high tannins and acidity,... Read More

    From the article Napa Valley History in a Glass


  • Chateau Cartier Saint Emilion Grand Cru 1998

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from the website ... is ac blend of merlot and cabernet franc Chateau Cartier is 100% merlot.I started the bottle last night with my supper of lamb chops.There is some blackcurrant and plum style fruit but the overiding impresion is of a dry and austere wine.In short,this is an OK wine but not one to write h... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • 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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