Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the typical French varieties and it is considered to be the most prestigious for the production of red wines.
As one of the five red varieties found in Bordeaux (together with Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot),
it is very commonly grown in Graves and Medoc were its origins are found.
Highly adaptable to different soil types and climates, Cabernet Sauvignon is also found all over the world including Italy,
South Africa, California, Chili, Australia, New Zealand and Bulgaria.
Known as a late-flowering and late-ripening variety, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes mature slowly with a risk of the grapes failing to ripen fully,
and becoming more sensitive to rain and rot. It is also a vigorous vine and vineyard management is therefore an important part of the wine success.
With and inimitable character, it develops intense flavours of small red fruits (black currants, blackberry and mulberry)
and has a dark red colour and good density.
It is also quite tannic due to the small size of the grapes (the interesting tannins are found in the grape skin).
It will develop well in Oak barrels in which the wood tannins will combine with the wine tannins
to give a more complex structure and rounder taste with more maturity.
As the wine matures, it develops a rich, complex flavour in which spices, oak nuances and smoke are to be found.
The older wines have chocolate and cinnamon flavour.
The taste of Cabernet Sauvignon wine is dense, juicy and harmonious. It reveals its maximum qualities usually after 3 to 5 years of maturity.