Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc

No doubt Cabernet Franc is one of the most important and old varieties of the Bordeaux region. However, recent genetic and historical studies point to the Basque Country as its true origin. 

With an average ripening, it is a variety rather vigorous with small berries. It is well acclimated to limestone clay soils but can also be adapted to sandy soils with no moisture stress. It is very similar to the Cabernet Sauvignon variety, but its leaves are less serrated. It buds and ripens earlier than the Cabernet Sauvignon being more prone to millerandage.  Vine shoots are hard and its berries small.

Cabernet Franc wines are, usually, clearer, lighter fresh, smoother and obviously more fragrant than its progenitor Cabernet Sauvignon. The aroma is more elegant, refreshing and occasionally a bit herbaceous depending on its maturity level. The crop outcome is crucial as the lack of maturity can produce high levels of metoxipirazina (herbaceous compounds).

In France, the Cabernet Franc variety is the sixth red grape most planted, far from the fifth one, Cariñena. The French origin of the Cabernet Franc is the Loire Valley, where, thanks to improved winemaking techniques and not due to any decrease in production, wines elaborated are much more matures. Even though in some other locations the Cabernet Franc is used basically as blending variety,  is in the Loire Valley where it stands out as dominant and, in many cases, as the only one.  In this area, we find Cabernet Franc wines of the utmost quality, fragrant, floral, middle-bodied, balanced and silky, with raspberry aromas. Some good examples of this variety are: Chinon from Château de Coulaine, Bernard Baudry, Philippe Alliet, Charles Joguet (Les Varennes du Grand Clos is yielded from old vines without graft); Bourgueil and Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil of Yannick Amirault, Domaine de la Butte, Catherine Pierre Breton, Domaine de la Cotellaraie and Pierre Jacques Druet; and also Saumur and Saumur-Champingy from Château Fouquet, Château de Hureau and Clos Rougeard.

Bordeaux is another interesting region as far as the production of Cabernet Franc is concerned, since its growing cycle is more regular than Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The Cabernet Franc variety acclimates well to cold climates so it has been traditionally grown for the production of great wines in the right margin of the Gironde estuary. Thus, together with the Merlot variety it has an important role in the appellation Saint-Émilion, being part of the blend in some vintages of the best wines such as Château Cheval Blanc

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Wine with Cabernet Franc

Habla de la Tierra 2014
Quantity:
6,21 £
Charming
Eco / Bio
Other Vintages available: 2015
PK --
88
Habla de la Tierra 2015
Quantity:
6,21 £
Charming
Eco / Bio
Other Vintages available: 2014
PK --
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Petit Caus Tinto 2015
Quantity:
6,53 £
Eco / Bio
PK --
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Petit Bernat 2016
Quantity:
6,76 £
Charming
Eco / Bio
bottle x6: 6,44 £/u. (-5%)
PK --
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Type of wine Young Crianza Red Winery Oller del Mas Appellation Plà de Bages Grapes Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Llavors 2015
Quantity:
7,72 £
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Baumard Cabernet D'Anjou Rosé 2008
Quantity:
8,22 £
Freak
bottle x6: 7,81 £/u. (-5%)
Other Vintages available: 2013
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Baumard Cabernet D'Anjou Rosé 2013
Quantity:
8,31 £
Freak
Other Vintages available: 2008
PK --
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Terraprima Tinto 2013
Quantity:
8,63 £
Eco / Bio
Other Vintages available: 2012
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Type of wine Crianza Red Winery Can Ràfols dels Caus Appellation Penedés Grapes Syrah, Garnacha, Cabernet Franc
Número Nueve 2013
Quantity:
8,63 £
bottle x6: 8,22 £/u. (-5%)
PK --
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Terraprima Tinto 2012
Quantity:
8,63 £
Eco / Bio
Other Vintages available: 2013
PK --
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Type of wine Crianza Red Winery Can Ràfols dels Caus Appellation Penedés Grapes Syrah, Garnacha, Cabernet Franc
8 Dies 2014
Quantity:
9,09 £
Eco / Bio
PK --
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Type of wine Young Red Winery Clos de Peguera Appellation Conca de Barberà Grapes Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Garnacha
JOC Negre Empordà 2013
Quantity:
9,14 £
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Naranjuez Brutal Rosado 2016
Quantity:
9,73 £
Freak
Natural
PK --
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Château de la Reynaudie Rosé 2011
Quantity:
10,01 £
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Castillo de Perelada 5 Fincas Reserva 2013
Quantity:
10,28 £
bottle x6: 9,78 £/u. (-5%)
Other Bottle sizes: Magnum
PK --
88
Augustus Cabernet Franc 2013
Quantity:
10,46 £
PK --
89
Type of wine Crianza Red Winery Cellers Augustus Forum Appellation Penedés Grapes Cabernet Franc
Naranjuez Más P'acá 2015
Quantity:
10,74 £
Natural
PK --
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Chapelle de Potensac 2013
Quantity:
10,96 £
PK --
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Pardas Negre Franc 2012
Quantity:
11,06 £
Eco / Bio
PK89
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Nas del Gegant 2015
Quantity:
11,19 £
Natural
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Petit Hipperia 2014
Quantity:
11,19 £
PK91
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L'Enclos du Château de Saint Pey 2012
Quantity:
11,33 £
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Jean Pierre Moueix Bordeaux 2011
Quantity:
11,33 £
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Type of wine Crianza Red Winery Jean Pierre Moueix Appellation Bordeaux Grapes Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Nas del Gegant Rosé 2016
Quantity:
11,42 £
Natural
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Baumard Anjou Logis de la Giraudière 2014
Quantity:
12,11 £
Charming
bottle x6: 11,51 £/u. (-5%)
Other Vintages available: 2011, 2008
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