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 Château Rocher-Gardat, Montagne Saint-Emilion, France, 2015

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

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Magnum150cl

CodeROG915

GrapeMerlot & Cabernet Franc

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Vieux Chantecaille, Saint-Emilion 2016

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Vieux Chantecaille, Saint-Emilion 2016

80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, into 50% new oak. Mickael Moze-Berthon has only 1.25...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeVCH116

GrapeMerlot & Cabernet Franc

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Domaine des Forges, Anjou Rouge, 2019

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Domaine des Forges, Anjou Rouge, 2019

Pure Cabernet Franc, unoaked. Lively, juicy and energetic - we enjoy this wine for its honest,...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLoire

ColourRed

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFOR119

GrapeCabernet Franc

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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...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLoire

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeGUL318

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%...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCeres

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeVRI416

GrapeCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

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