Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Francis a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon.

A cross of it with Sauvignon Blanc resulted in Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc tends to be softer and has less tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon, although the two can be difficult to distinguish. Many of the red wines of the Loire are primarily Cabernet Franc.

Origins       

  • Bordeaux region.
  • Parent (with Sauvignon Blanc) of Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Was known as Bouchet in Bordeaux, or Breton in the Loire
  • Introduced to Loire by 18thC

Characteristics   

  • Ripens early, so useful in cooler climates    
  • In comparison to Cabernet Sauvignon: more perfumed; less structured; can be more herbaceous/stalky - not that pleasant!; aromas of pencil shavings/lead pencil, also violets         

Vinification / Maturation         

  • Vinification can vary. In the Loire can be made as charming, unoaked, fruity wine to be drunk the summer after the vintage; or more serious wine for ageing on the Bordeaux model.

Homelands

…within France      

  • The Libournais = right bank in Bordeaux: St. Emilion and Pomerol. Ripens well in slightly cooler zone. Blend ingredient: 15-25% left bank; 25-35% right bank. Summit: Cheval Blanc in St. Emilion (2/3 CF, 1/3 M)
  • The Loire: Anjou-Saumur along the Loire and Vienne rivers - AOCs of Chinon, Bourgeuil, and St. Nicolas de Bourgeuil

Also to be found in…

  • S.W. France
  • Odd pockets in California, South Africa, New Zealand - rarely made as 100% varietal

 

Our Cabernet Franc Wines…

MAGNUM Chateau Les Gravieres de la Brandille,Bordeaux Superieur, 2018

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MAGNUM Chateau Les Gravieres de la Brandille,Bordeaux Superieur, 2018

Frédéric Borderie’s principal wine, 65% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Magnum150cl

CodeGRC218

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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Vieille Dynastie, Lalande de Pomerol, 2018

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Vieille Dynastie, Lalande de Pomerol, 2018

60% Merlot with 20% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc; on gravelly soils over a...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeVID118

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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Chateau Les Gravieres de la Brandille, Bordeaux Superieur, 2018

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Chateau Les Gravieres de la Brandille, Bordeaux Superieur, 2018

Frédéric Borderie's principal wine, 65% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15%...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGRC118

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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Château Beausejour, Fronsac, 2016

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Château Beausejour, Fronsac, 2016

85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, handled by top consultant Stéphane...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBEA116

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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Chamonix, Cabernet Franc, Franschhoek, 2018

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Chamonix, Cabernet Franc, Franschhoek, 2018

New winemaker Niel Bruwer has upped the game at Chamonix: this is brilliant. Fabulous floral...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionFranschhoek

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCHX518

GrapeCabernet Franc

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Vieux Chantecaille, Saint-Emilion 2018

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Vieux Chantecaille, Saint-Emilion 2018

80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, into 50% new oak. Mickael Moze-Berthon has only 1¼ hectares...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeVCH118

GrapeMerlot & Cabernet Franc

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La Salette, IGP Côtes de Gascogne, Rosé, 2020

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La Salette, IGP Côtes de Gascogne, Rosé, 2020

A lively and pure rosé from the south-west, from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc....

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionSouth-West

ColourRosé

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

CodeSAL520

GrapeMerlot & Cabernet Franc

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Chateau Piconat, Bordeaux, 2019

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Chateau Piconat, Bordeaux, 2019

Not just a very pretty (pinkish) traditional label. Appealing strawberry and blackberry core,...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePIC119

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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Chateau Les Pelerins, Pomerol, 2014

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Chateau Les Pelerins, Pomerol, 2014

Named as on an old pilgrim route, Pelerins, owned by Josette et Nobert Egreteau, is a tiny 3.5...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePEL114

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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Chateau Marzy, Pomerol, Grand Enclos de Riffat, 2018

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Chateau Marzy, Pomerol, Grand Enclos de Riffat, 2018

From the Maison family on the plateau of Pomerol, a well-oaked example already showing...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeMAZ118

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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Domaine des Forges, Anjou Rouge, 2020

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Domaine des Forges, Anjou Rouge, 2020

Pure Cabernet Franc, unoaked – we enjoy this crisp and raspberryish wine for its honest,...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLoire

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeFOR120

GrapeCabernet Franc

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Domaine des Forges, Anjou-Villages, Les Trois C, 2019

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Domaine des Forges, Anjou-Villages, Les Trois C, 2019

From 70% Cabernet Franc with 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, grown on clay and sand over schist.;...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLoire

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeFOR319

GrapeCabernet Franc & Cabernet Sauvignon

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Domaine de la Guilloterie, Saumur-Champigny, Tradition, 2018

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Domaine de la Guilloterie, Saumur-Champigny, Tradition, 2018

Unoaked, enticingly dramatic purple, with a perfume made up of berries and roses, this is...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLoire

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeGUL318

GrapeCabernet Franc

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Guilloterie, Saumur-Champigny, Les Loges, 2018

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Guilloterie, Saumur-Champigny, Les Loges, 2018

"Very deep crimson. Fragrant with good fruit and acidity. Soft and smooth – no great...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLoire

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeGUL418

GrapeCabernet Franc

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Vriesenhof, Kallista, Stellenbosch, 2016

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Vriesenhof, Kallista, Stellenbosch, 2016

A beautiful Bordeaux blend given ageing in plenty of new barrels, 40% Cabernet Franc, 35%...

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Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCeres

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeVRI416

GrapeCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

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Chateau Barrejat, Madiran, Tradition, 2018

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Jancis Robinson
Chateau Barrejat, Madiran, Tradition, 2018

"Deep purple. Smooth, sweet fruit with more lift and less tannin (despite Tannat's...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionMadiran

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAJ118

GrapeTannat, Cabernet Franc & Cabernet Sauvignon

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MAGNUM Château Beausejour, Fronsac, 2016

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MAGNUM Château Beausejour, Fronsac, 2016

The Melet family has owned Château Beauséjour in Fronsac for five generations. Since 2011,...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Magnum150cl

CodeBEA915

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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MAGNUM Chateau Vieille Dynastie, Lalande de Pomerol, 2016

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MAGNUM Chateau Vieille Dynastie, Lalande de Pomerol, 2016

Wonderfuly ripe - so rich, lush and supple. A sense of liqueur cherries - luxuriant fruit...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle150cl

CodeVID916

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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Château Rocher Gardat, Montagne Saint-Emilion, 2016

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Château Rocher Gardat, Montagne Saint-Emilion, 2016

90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, grown on thinly-soiled, argilo-calcaire slopes, into 30% new...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeROG116

GrapeMerlot & Cabernet Franc

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MAGNUM Vieux Chantecaille, Saint-Emilion 2015

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MAGNUM Vieux Chantecaille, Saint-Emilion 2015

80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, into 50% new oak. Mickael Moze-Berthon has only 1º hectares...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle150cl

CodeVCH915

GrapeMerlot & Cabernet Franc

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