What is Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is a red grape varietal that is renowned for its rich, full-bodied, and tannic wines with high alcohol content. This grape variety is one of the most widely planted and recognized in the world of wine making. Known for its deep color, complexity and aging potential, it is a grape that is grown in many regions around the globe, but it is most famously associated with Bordeaux, France. The wines produced from this grape variety are some of the most iconic, premium, and sought-after wines in the world.

How do you pronounce Cabernet Sauvignon?

Cabernet Sauvignon is pronounced – cab-er-nay saw-veen-yawn

What is Cabernet Sauvignon also known as

Cabernet: This is the most commonly used synonym for Cabernet Sauvignon, and is often used in places like California and Chile where the grape variety is grown extensively.

Cabernet franc: This is another grape variety that is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, especially in Bordeaux, France, and sometimes the name Cabernet Franc is used to refer to the blended wine.

Carmenere: This is a grape variety that is closely related to Cabernet Sauvignon, and is sometimes confused with it, especially in Chile, where it is also grown extensively.

Petit Verdot: This is another grape variety that is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, especially in Bordeaux, France, and sometimes the name Petit Verdot is used to refer to the blended wine.

Spanna: This is the name used for Cabernet Sauvignon in the Piedmont region of Italy,

Sagrantino: This is the name used for Cabernet Sauvignon in the Umbria region of Italy.

Biturica: This is the name used for Cabernet Sauvignon in Romania.

What Does Cabernet Sauvignon Taste like?

Taste Profile

Dry, Full Body, Medium-high Tannins, Medium Acidity, 13.5–15% ABV

Primary Flavours

Black Cherry, Black Currant, Cedar, Baking Spices, Graphite

Storage & Handling

We recommend storing Cabernet Sauvignon in a cool, dark place with a consistent temperature and humidity level for at least 10+ years for optimal aging and development of complex flavors. wE suggest serving the wine at 60–68°F (15-20°C) in an oversized glass and decanting it for at least 1 hour before drinking to allow the wine to fully release its aromas and flavors. Cellaring it for 10 or more years will give the wine time to further develop its complex flavors and will improve the overall drinking experience.

Food Pairing

What Do You Pair with Cabernet Sauvignon?

When it comes to pairing with Cabernet Sauvignon, look for rich and flavorful dishes that can stand up to the wine’s bold tannins and complex fruit profile. Classic pairings include hearty meats such as steak, lamb, and venison, as well as rich and savory dishes like stews, roasts, and casseroles. The wine’s high acidity also makes it a great pairing for dishes with a touch of acidity like tomato-based sauces. I also enjoy pairing Cabernet Sauvignon with sharp and tangy cheeses such as cheddar or blue cheese, which can help to balance out the wine’s tannins. And for those who like a little sweetness to balance out the wine’s boldness, try it with a dish with a touch of sweetness, like a chocolate dessert or a dish with a fruity compote. The key is to find a balance between the wine and the food, to enhance the flavors of both.

Where is Cabernet Sauvignon grown? 

Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux, France is the spiritual home of Cabernet Sauvignon, where it has been grown for centuries and the wines of the region are known for their complexity, depth, and aging potential. The wines of Bordeaux are typically blended with other grape varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot to create a balanced and elegant wine that can age for decades. The region’s terroir and winemaking traditions have made Bordeaux one of the most respected and sought-after regions for Cabernet Sauvignon in the world.

Napa Valley, California, USA

Napa Valley, California, USA is considered one of the most prestigious wine regions in the world, known for producing high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon. The region’s warm climate, excellent soil, and winemaking expertise have made it an ideal location for growing the grape variety. Napa Valley’s Cabernet Sauvignon is known for its rich and complex fruit flavors, with a good balance of tannins and acidity, which makes them a perfect match for red meats, game and rich cheese.

Coonawarra, Australia

Coonawarra, Australia is a wine region in the south-east of South Australia, known for producing high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon. The region’s terra rossa soils, along with a moderate climate, are ideal for growing the grape variety, producing wines with good structure and complexity. The wines of Coonawarra are characterized by their ripe blackcurrant and black cherry flavors, with a good balance of tannins and acidity. They are particularly well suited to rich, full-flavored dishes such as hearty stews and grilled meats.

Other Regions To Try Cabernet Sauvignon 

Margaret River, Western Australia: The region’s Mediterranean-like climate and soil are ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon, producing wines with a good balance of fruit and tannins.

Chile: The country’s diverse range of microclimates and soil types allow for a wide range of styles of Cabernet Sauvignon wines to be produced, from rich and full-bodied to more elegant and refined.

Washington State, USA: The region’s dry and warm summers, combined with cool nights, allow for the grapes to ripen slowly, resulting in wines with good structure and complexity.

Barossa Valley, South Australia: The region’s warm climate and ancient soils are ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon, producing wines with rich, ripe fruit flavors and firm tannins.

Tuscany, Italy: The region is known for its Super Tuscan wines which are blends of traditional Italian grape varieties with Cabernet Sauvignon, producing wines with good structure and complexity, with aromas of dark fruit, spice and leather.