Definition of Cabernet Franc in English:

Cabernet Franc

noun

  • 1A variety of black wine grape grown chiefly in parts of the Loire valley and northeastern Italy.

    • ‘Bordeaux grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot predominate, and the cooler climate here upriver tends to result in light versions of red, and some rosé, Bordeaux.’
    • ‘Malbec is a blending grape in France and Australia, and is particularly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc in Bordeaux or Bordeaux blend wines.’
    • ‘For example, did you know that the Cabernet Sauvignon grape is the result of a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc grapes.’
    • ‘The grape develops so much flavour that there is no need to temper its austerity with the early ripening Merlot or the flavourful Cabernet Franc.’
    • ‘Their only red wine is a wonderful and stylish Bordeaux style blend called Nota Bene, made from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.’
    • ‘The wine is essentially made from Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.’
    • ‘A classic claret blend of 50% Cabernet, 45% Merlot and a little Cabernet Franc for perfume and finesse, this is a youthful Graves with fleshy tannins and notes of cassis and chocolate.’
    • ‘Malbec is a grape often blended with other reds, typically the Bordeaux varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.’
    • ‘This Chinon, 100 per cent Cabernet Franc, is a delicious balance of fruity exuberance and gamey notes.’
    • ‘Although I bought and tasted this wine in the fall, it may be hard to find but the more available 2002 is also supposed to be excellent with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc in the blend.’
    1. 1.1 A red wine made from the Cabernet Franc grape.
      • ‘Virtually all other Cabernet Francs are fruitier and juicier tasting.’
      • ‘A handful of varietal Cabernet Francs are bottled in California today but the majority of the state's crop is used in Meritage like blends.’
      • ‘In the past year or so, I've enjoyed outstanding Cabernet Francs from areas that most oenogeeks would regard with skepticism, if not outright trepidation.’
      • ‘Look for the up-and-coming Cabernet Francs and sparkling wines, the work-in-progress Syrahs and red blends, and the justifiably famous Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons.’
      • ‘Loire Cabernet Francs have brighter fruit characters, such as red cherry and red raspberry.’
      • ‘The Merlot gives it a much fuller flavor than most Cabernet Francs, but it is still smooth, with light tannins.’
      • ‘Even as a ‘least preferred’ flight, the Cabernet Francs held our interest and gathered our appreciation.’
      • ‘Interestingly, we discovered during our tasting a major difference between the Cabernet Francs from France and Italy and those from California.’
      • ‘The Cabernet Francs from Chinon are pure, clean and fruit driven with a bright acidity that makes them a versatile food pairing wine.’
      • ‘There are great wines from the Loire, like racy Sauvignon Blancs from Sancerre, soft-flavoured fish wines from Muscadet, and tasty Cabernet Francs from Touraine.’

Origin

French.

Pronunciation:

Cabernet Franc

/ˌkabərˌnā ˈfräNGk/