Cabernet Franc

Cab Franc Viticulture 

Oh Cabernet Franc, that other Cabernet. Everything we love about the wild and beastly Cabernet Sauvignon but in a more sleek elegant package. Y'all remember the lovable high school jock, whose father was a college professor? Yeah, that's Cabernet Franc. It's a fairly vigorous little plant, but on acocunt of its thin skins, it is early to bud ripen and harvest. Risk averse winemakers will pick early, which often results in a lean "green" flavor in the wine. 

It loves, cool continental climates with a maritime influence, and is in heaven in sandy, chalk based, gravel or tuffeau.

Cabernet Franc Viniculture

Cabernet Franc is often fermented using Carbonic Maceration, which although sounds nasty produces some delightful little wines.Instead pressing the grapes, they are placed in a vat, covered with a layer of good old CO2, Grape skins break under their own weight, jumpstarting the fermentation process. Malolactic fermentation is also employed to tame the high acidity of this grape, and we finish up our wine in either stainless steel or oak pbarrels dependinging upon the winemakers whim or the regional growing laws

Where Cabernet Franc Grows

Old World New World


  • Bordeaux:
    • Cabernet Franc often plays second fiddle on the left bank to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but kills it in the right bank appelations of St Emilion and Pomeral
  • Loire: 
    • Cabernet Franc flies solo in the regions of Chinon, Bourgueil, Anjour and Saumur Champigny. Our favorite description of Loire Cab Franc  comes coiurtesy of Jancis Robinson who said that reminded her of raspberries and lead pencil.
  • Italy
    • One of the grapes that makes Super tuscans sing.
  • Hungary:
    • Thrives in the warm, Mediterranean climate of Vallanyi And Eger. Once again it's diversity shines through, as it can fly solo or work in a blend. 

USA: As in the Bordeaux Cabernet Franc often plays second fiddle to the Bordeaux rock stars Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. On occasion certain producers have seen what this grape can do on its own and have acted accordingly. Some places where it rocks:

  • New York
  • California
  • Washington;


Flavor Profile

Color: Translucent ruby
Aroma: Raspberry, lead pencil, currants, green pepper
Body: Light to medium
Acidity: Medium to high
Alcohol: Medium
Tannin: Medium
Flavors: Wild strawberry, mulberry, cranberry, moss, potting soil, tobacco, wet tree bark, cocoa, violet, fresh mushrooms, sweet herbs.

Follow Me