Country of origin: France
Berry color: Black
Common synonyms: Breton, Veron, Noir dur, Bouchy, Bouchet, Gros Bouchet, Carmenet, Grosse Vidure, Messanges rouge, Trouchet noir, Bordo, Cabernet frank
Comments: The TTB-approved prime name is Cabernet franc
The variety may have been established in Bordeaux in the seventeenth century.
Cabernet franc is similar to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot but differs by smaller, compact, and mostly cylindrical clusters; in petiolar sinus; and teeth in lateral sinuses. Clusters are tighter than Cabernet Sauvignon due to greater berry set.
Commonly cordon trained and spur pruned, Cabernet franc may also be head trained and cane pruned. It is easily hedged and a good candidate for mechanical pruning if not cane pruned.
This can be a higher-yielding variety than Cabernet Sauvignon due to greater set. Late and uneven veraison is common, thus cluster thinning at this time is usually warranted to enhance ripening uniformity. Occasionally set may be reduced by shelling; however, this occurs much less severely than in Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon.
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|Publications||Smith, R. 2003. Cabernet franc (PDF). Pages 32-35 in: Wine Grape Varieties in California. L. Peter Christensen (ed), University of California Agricultural and Natural Resources, Publication 3419, Oakland. Buy book|