A Guide To Understanding Cabernet SauvignonWritten by lanreePosted on 09 09, 2016
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most widely recognized red wine grape varieties. It is grown in nearly every major wine producing country among a diverse spectrum of climates.
In the 17th century in south-western France, an accidental breeding occurred between a red Cabernet Franc grape plant and a white Sauvignon Blanc grape plant and thus was born Cabernet Sauvignon.
What is Cabernet Sauvignon?
Cabernet Sauvignon is a red grape varietal known for its thick, durable skin, and the vine’s resistance to the elements. After the birth of the grape, the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal began to be adopted in parts of France by winemakers searching for more durable plants that were relatively easy to grow, and the grape found its champion in the region of Bordeaux.
The grape has a high level of tannins which means that the wine could evolve in the bottle for many years. Oak maturity also helps to bring out beautiful new flavours. The bordeaux farmers played around with the varietal and blended it with other grapes. It was blended with merlot and created the world’s most famous wine blend, the bordeaux blend.
As a wine, Cabernet Sauvignon is known for its dark color, full body and an alcohol content that is over 13.5%, with most Cabernet Sauvignons, especially those from places such as California, Australia and Chile, being more like 14.5% and sometimes even going over 15%. The wine is dry (not sweet) and has a healthy level of tannin, which is why your mouth dries out when you sip it. Many people who drink Cabernet Sauvignon say they always pick up a taste of green pepper in the wine, along with tobacco, cassis, and dark fruits such as cherries, along with a hint of vanilla that comes from the wine aging in the oak.
Sources: Wikipedia, vinepair.com