Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc {Cab-er-nay Franc} is a red wine grape, which originally comes from Bordeaux region of France.  Cabernet Franc is traditionally blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in Bordeaux where the grapes light weight but vivid color and bright aromatics lift its denser partners.   Geneticaly, the grape is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon with Sauvignon blanc.

Cabarnet Franc grape

Cabernet Franc grape

France

Bordeaux

The Hubert family makes the type of Bordeaux that we love and can afford to drink. These are wines that eschew the quest for critical acclaim and “perfection” and instead are consistently balanced, age-worthy and drinkable.

Loire Valley

Famous, and deservedly so for Guy Bossard’s ground breaking work with the Melon de Bourgogne grape and single vineyard Muscadets, the estate is not exclusively for whites.  One of the rare estates in the region to make red wine, Fred Niger is leading a charge to reinvent the region with his 100% Cabernet Franc fermented in amphora is called Mephisto.

The estate is dedicated to two grapes: Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc.  Romain starts with an entry level version of each called “Domaine Rouge” and “Domaine Blanc”.   Made from younger vines at the Domaine and without oak barrels, these wines are ideal introductions to just how glorious and affordable wine the Loire Valley can be.   Single vineyard wines from the estate include “Les Arboises” and “Les Motelles” featuring grapes that were planted just after WWII by Romain’s grandparents.  Their remarkable story is told by Robert Guiberteau in the video below:

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Red wines at Les Chesnaies range from the light bodied, fruit forward Les Terrasses, made with no oak, minimal extraction to the deeper and more age worthy single vineyard wines called Cuvée Danaé and Cuvée Marie.

Italy

Tuscany

Sangiovese dominates the plantings and the wine in bottle, but Cab Franc sneaks into Sincero in small amounts.

 

California

Mendocino County

Yorkville Cellars grows and vinifies each of the eight Bordeaux varieties separately as well as featuring them in a traditional Bordeaux style blend.   Cabernet Franc from Yorkville at Candid Wines is featured in the Richard the Lionhearted.

 

 Cabernet Franc

Color of grape red
Species Vitis Vinifera
Cabernet franc Synonyms Aceria, Acheria, Arrouya, Bordo
Origin France
Most common in  Loire, Bordeaux
Phonetic pronunciation  Cab-er-nay Franc