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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  • Chateau Carignan 2016


    The 2016 Carignan is another triumph. Here is further proof that the literati of the wine world know much about hype, little about real quality. Why? Best look to the virtues and limitations of capitalism. Anyway, this fine Merlot-based wine has dagger-like oak elements (well integrated) on the palate that bespeak of further aging possibility... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Port Cabernet Franc NV


    Potent dark ruby port that may have an oaken scent, but a super sweet almost cherry-like flavour. Despite being wet and sweet initially, there's just the right hint of dry and oak to finish to give it character. Although not a fan of oak nor dry, it's so subtle that I don't mind at all. At 20% ABV, best to sip it slow despite the yearning to... Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis

  • Chateau Robin Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux 2015


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a shop in London's Belgravia ... ... consists of 60% merlot,30% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon and the wine was aged in oak barrels for 12 months.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb.There is plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and blueberry style fruit but the tannins are j... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Building a cellar isn’t always about laying down the most expensive wines ... valley produces benchmark Cabernet Franc at very friendly prices. It’s surprising that these wines haven’t received more attention, but that’s why you can still buy remarkably age-worthy wines for such reasonable prices. With time in the cellar many Chinon lose some o... Read More

    From the article 5 Wines Worth Cellaring

  • It is a chilly, sunny February afternoon in Napa Valley.  Tasting rooms ... rooms ... other Cab — cabernet franc.Cabernet sauvignon may be King of Napa Valley — 23,000 of the 43,000 acres of vines in the region are planted to the grape — but, over 30 grape varieties are being cultivated for wine across the region.Among the other varieties thr... Read More

    From the article Consider Napa's Other Cab

  • Ricci Curbastro Curtefranca Rosso 2015


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Chateau Timberlay Rouge Bordeaux Superieur 2015


    Dark cherry robe. Bouquet of kirsch and vanilla, w/o the sugar. Entry is smooth, textured and elegant; the only "deficiency" is a certain depth - although this is not a fault with a wine of this pedigree. Medium finish with lots of red berry. A wonderful A. C. Bordeaux worth buying in bulk. Purchased for $C 17 in Perth ON. 88. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Calcu Reserva Especial Cabernet Franc 2016


    Binny's 9/2019. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Chateau Timberlay Rouge Bordeaux Superieur 2015


    Pours a lovely deep shade of ruby-garnet red, with rustic hues developing around the top ring of the wine itself and shows concentrations of suspended particulate, being only semi-transparent....legs are decent, but don't fully form, leaving rather an modest oily looking layer around the inside of the glass. Somewhat spicy layers of cinnamon, f... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Chateau le Doyenne Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux 1999


    I bought this bottle of wine from a wine merchant in Sussex for £10.Premieres ... cabernet sauvignon and 5% cabernet franc and was aged in oak barrels for 18 months.I started my bottle last night with my supper of lamb chops.There is plenty of a blackcurrant and plum style fruit with a hint of vanilla and some soft and smooth tannins. It is a ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

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

    Comment by 87843napagirl68 87843 napagirl68

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