Cabernet Franc, also Cabernet Frank or Alicante Bouschet, is a red grape variety.
It isn’t as spread as the better-known Cabernet Sauvignon, however, undemanding regarding its climatic requirements. Cabernet Franc is an excellent variety in cuvées (blends), being found mainly in France and Italy. Compared with Cabernet Sauvignon its tannin content is lower, and along with a much better harmony it tends to be an early drinkable wine.
Particularly in the Bordeaux region, Cabernet Franc has a significant role despite its usually small share of the planted area; as with many large wine estates, e.g. Château Mouton-Rothschild and Château Petrus, the spicy Cabernet Franc would only be used for cuvées, if its ripening time was long enough. The cuvées containing Cabernet Franc are those of the great years.
Origin: likely to be selected from wild vines; provable in Bordelais to be domestic since centuries