Each wine has special features and a unique taste. Even though the wine history dates back to 8,500 to 4,000 BC, its popularity is intact to date. Some wines are the best food companions, while others are mood elevators.
It is never a bad idea to gain a little know-how about wines before becoming a wine connoisseur. For your wine love to flourish and increase your knowledge of the subject, we decided to publish this exclusive guide.
Onboarding with us, you’ll get to know five brilliant things about Cabernet Sauvignon. The most adored wine type worldwide, Cabernet Sauvignon, stuns all the wine romanticists since introduced in the 18th century.
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1. Which Grapes Blend Cabernet Sauvignon?
Cabernet Sauvignon is the product of two-parent grapes, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. The DNA evidence shows the Cabernet’s inheritance from these two Bordeaux grape varieties. Each grape has a thick skin and a lot of charming seeds within. Its skin color is radiant, appearing almost like the dark shade of blue. Cabernet Sauvignon’s grapes are small-sized, having a lesser portion of pulp and a large ratio of pips. Because of this, you’ll find a lot of tannin in the red Cabernet.
The popularity of Cabernet Sauvignon and its easy-to-grow grapes in different climates has made it possible to cultivate its grapes worldwide. To your surprise, the cabernet grapes acquire 840,000 acres of land in the world. It’s equal to 5% of the world’s total vineyard area. Only in Bordeaux, the Cabernet’s origin place cultivate its grapes in 67,000 acres’ of land.
2. Where Does The Vintage Belong?
Thanks to the accidental cross-breeding of grape plants in Southwest France in the 17th century, we got Cabernet Sauvignon! The hybridization of a white Sauvignon grape and a red Cabernet grape resulted in Cabernet Sauvignon. This classic vintage belongs to the Médoc region in France’s Bordeaux. Château Mouton and Château d’Armailhac are the first known estates to grow and gift Cabernet Sauvignon wine variety in Pauillac to the world.
In total, France alone has 126,000 acres of land implanted with Cabernet Sauvignon. Still, it’s the fourth maximum planted red grape species in the nation. Besides the Médoc, Graves vineyards also grow Cabernet grapes. You can find 41,000 acres of land in Languedoc rooted with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. A little of Coteaux d’Aix en Provence and Les Baux en Provence also allows Cabernet cultivation. Fun fact – Cabernet Sauvignon grew in France, is a beloved vintage of Americans!
3. Where You’ll Find It?
Everywhere! You read it right. The world’s most planted grape variety, Cabernet Sauvignon, is discovered in Bordeaux but appreciated globally. You’ll find the best of Cab in Bordeaux because of its exceptional aging tactics. However, the simplicity in growing these grapes made them available in different regions globally. Cabernet grapes demand a not too hot, not too cold environment. What to say about Cabernet’s resilience it’s found in China’s Gobi desert and Chile’s Colchagua Valley, too.
Cab rules over the Napa Valley vineyards in California. The wine cellars there proved that they’re also capable of blending this world-class vintage outside Bordeaux’s houses. Apart from Napa, you’ll find Cabernet reservations in Sonoma Valley and Alexander Valley. Columbia Valley in Washington DC also produces international level Cabernet Sauvignon in-house. Besides France, Chile, the USA, Australia, Spain, China, Argentina, Italy, and South Africa are the leading manufacturers of Cabernet wine.
4. How Does It Taste?
There is no doubt about the rich taste of a pretty world-famous wine. Cabernet Sauvignon’s primary flavors are Black Cherry fruit, Black Currant fruit, Cedar, Nutmeg, Baking Spices, and Graphite. The dry yet full-bodied Cab has medium to high tannins taste and medium acidity levels, from sumptuous to fruity and savory to smoky, Cabernet bags all flavors. The multiple aromas of Cab depend on its aging and the process of turning it into wine. You can feel the mint flavor, black plum, anise, pencil lead, bay leaf, bell pepper, tobacco leaf taste, plum sauce delight, and chocolate zest in different Cabernet Sauvignon.
5. What To Eat With Cabernet Sauvignon?
Because of its many flavors, you can pair different tastes of food with Cabernet Sauvignon. Tannins are the status symbol for the red glamour of Cab. Pair the food that eliminates tannins once you sip the wine. Red meat delicacies like steaks, prime ribs, and grilled meats match best with Cabernet. Vegetarian dishes like hamburgers go well with full-bodied red Sauvignon. Perhaps you would want to eat robust cheeses like Gruyère and Stilton while sipping tannins-filled Cab. Dishes high in sauces and garnishings like garlic and rosemary also go perfect with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Wine lovers often travel to explore various grapes and vintages. Still, some wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir are unbeatable and all-time favorites. We’ve known the classic Cabernet for centuries, and its sprawling existence is no less than a celebration. Take your oversized glass out, pour in some elegant Cab itself to raise a toast to Cabernet Sauvignon’s successful survival till today!