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Cabernet Sauvignon:History, Characteristics, Buyer's Guide and More

Now in this article, I will share everything I’ve learned about this amazing grape so far. You will discover its history, tasting profile, serving tips, buyer’s guide, and many more.

Cabernet Sauvignon is an interesting wine to talk about. 

Cabernet Sauvignon ID

Born in Bordeaux.

Most grown grape in the world (340,000 hectares).

First producer: France (55, 00 hectares).

 

If you try to measure the popularity of Cabernet Sauvignon, ask a random person on the street what they know about wine. There’s a chance that they will say “Bordeaux” and “Cabernet Sauvignon” even if they barely know about wine.

Now it seems like “Bordeaux” and “Cabernet Sauvignon” have a lot to do in the wine world that makes them so famous.

And guess what? Bordeaux is the birthplace of Cabernet Sauvignon and these two terms share a special connection as well as reputation.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular grape variety that is used for the making of red wine. The birth of Cabernet Sauvignon is an interesting - or we can just say “accidental” cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux, France (which we will dig deeper later in this article).

Cabernet Sauvignon has a high concentration and age-worthiness that most wine drinkers look for when shopping for wines.

And here comes my story! My first encounter with Cabernet Sauvignon was when I looked for the age-friendliest wine as a present for a close friend, who is also a wine collector and likes to cellar his wines. And then Cabernet Sauvignon came to me as a perfect choice that I had to say “This is the one!” when I was holding the bottle on my hands. 

Now in this article, I will share everything I’ve learned about this amazing grape so far. You will discover its history, tasting profile, serving tips, buyer’s guide, and many more.

 

A Quick Look into Cabernet Sauvignon and Its History

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most recognizable black grape variety in the world with a thick and durable skin as well as its ability of resistance to the outer elements.

The history of Cabernet Sauvignon began in the South of France. Everything started when the red Cabernet Franc grape and the white Sauvignon Blanc grape were bred accidentally. The result was a shocking event.

The new grape was born with special characteristics and an amazing tasting profile. 

And that is Cabernet Sauvignon – the most “hunted” red wine grape in the world!

It’s not hard to tell that the name Cabernet Sauvignon is a combination of the first two words of its parents.

The reputation of Cabernet Sauvignon soon spread out in other parts of France as the winemakers craved to discover a more durable grape that was easy to grow.

Cabernet Sauvignon showed its best characteristics when adopted in Bordeaux. Here in this region, the winemakers continued their experiment projects by blending Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This can be seen as one of the most remarkable explorations in the history of Bordeaux wines as they just brought to the world its most famous wine blend – the Bordeaux blend.

Following the fame of the blend, the Bordeaux wine quickly traveled to the rest of the planet while holding its proudest trophy – the Cabernet Sauvignon grape.

Amongst many regions that adopted Cabernet Sauvignon, California is the most talked-about with a special hallmark that changed the history of Cabernet Sauvignon completely. 

The journey of Californian Cabernet Sauvignon dated back in 1976 when the Stags’ Leap of the Napa Valley defeated Bordeaux Chateaus in a blind taste test. Californian Cabernet Sauvignon has become a thing ever since! It appears in many steakhouses and high-end restaurants across the world. People cheer to Californian Cabernet Sauvignon as a symbol of premium wine that stands the test of time.

 

Cabernet Sauvignon: Characteristics and Tasting Profile

Cabernet Sauvignon grows best in warm climates such as Bordeaux or Napa Valley, California.

The color of Cabernet Sauvignon comes in a wide spectrum which starts from pale red to bright ruby and deep purple.

This difference lies in the texture of the skin itself. If the skin is thin and light in color, it gives out a pale red that you can see through it.

 

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Thank you Wine Folly for this infographic

 

Grapes with thick skins of dark color will create a deep purple wine color and are opaque, which means it can’t be seen through or you cannot see much through the glass.

Apart from the color, its texture and taste have a lot to do with the characteristics of Cabernet Sauvignon. The grape is well-known for its firm tannins as well as the full and rich flavor. 

The incredible potential of aging is the next factor that defines Cabernet Sauvignon. This can be explained by the high content of tannins and perceptible acidity inside the grapes.

The aromas you can smell from Cabernet Sauvignon wine are blackcurrant, cedar, oak, and herbs. Yet amongst the wide range of aromas, people usually associate Cabernet Sauvignon with green bell pepper. This is widely noted by many wine lovers around the world, and it happens for a reason.

The note of green bell pepper is connected with Pyrazine. This is an aromatic organic compound that you can find in every single Cabernet Sauvignon grape. 

The ability of resistance against any harsh environmental conditions of Cabernet Sauvignon is outstanding. This comes along with the versatility that the grape can be planted in numerous locations around the world regardless of soil conditions. 

The reason speaks for the success of Cabernet Sauvignon around the world when it satisfies the need of winemakers of finding a great vine with good resistance.

Since Cabernet Sauvignon has medium acidity, firm tannins and the alcohol content is over 13.5%, it can be a little overwhelming if drunk by itself. This means the wine will perform beautifully when pairing with food.

 

Why Is Cabernet Sauvignon So Famous?

Cabernet Sauvignon – the “Big Kahuna” of wine grapes: This is exactly what I want to say about this wonderful varietal in the world of wine. There are so many reasons that result in the popularity and love that Cabernet Sauvignon deserves.

After digging into the journey behind this grape, here are six factors I’ve compiled for myself, and you.

First, the skin. Its thick skin seems to be a sturdy “armor” that keeps the texture inside intact against inclement weather and pesky bugs. And that’s exactly what the winemakers love about it and give it a special place in their repertoire.

Second, the flavor. Not every single Cabernet Sauvignon wine tastes the same. Each style of Cabernet Sauvignon has a distinctive aroma and taste depending on the climate and soil it’s nourished by.

Let me give you an example!

You have two glasses of reds on the table: one is Bordeaux wine and the other one is Californian style.

So here’s the deal! Take a sip of Bordeaux and you can tell that it’s balanced and nuanced, with less fruit-forward flavor leading on the nose. It also has a stronger minerality.

Californian style, on the other hand, is dense, rich, oaky with a higher content of alcohol. The fruit-forward flavor is also more obvious, and that’s a big charm that California is proud of.

Coming up next is the ability to stand alone as a varietal wine as well as a blend. No matter if it comes out as a stand-alone wine or a famous blend, it tastes heavenly with a wide range of tasting profiles that fit each kind of palate.

The fourth reason that stands behind Cabernet Sauvignon’s popularity has a lot to do with its noble history. The historical success in Bordeaux and the New World countries is a solid reason to ensure the successful cultivation of the grape in any warm-climate region.

Fifth, its healthy level of tannins allows the wine to evolve in the bottle for many years. The longer it stays in the bottle, the better it tastes when consumed. 

Last but not least, its journey to success in the rest of the world outside of Bordeaux. How Cabernet Sauvignon made its way to the place it is today is impressive. Love it or hate it, the criticism for its role as a "colonizer" does contribute to its popularity. When it met and was blended with the local grape varieties as well as in the newly emerging countries, the reputation took off even further.

And that’s when we had a story with the Stags’ Leap in the Napa Valley in 1976. It was not only a shocking event but also reestablished the reputation of California on the map of the world’s wine community.

With the fame of both Bordeaux and Californian, one represents the Old World and the other one symbolizes the New World, Cabernet Sauvignon once again re-ensured its popularity amongst the best grape varieties worldwide.

 

Best Countries to Produce Cabernet Sauvignon

 

France

Without a doubt, France is not only the birthplace of Cabernet Sauvignon but also the world’s largest producer. Over 55000 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon has been planted with the heart in Bordeaux. Here in this region, you will see the main plantation of the grape scattering along the Left Bank of the Gironde Estuary with the well-draining soils of the Médoc and Graves.

 

Grand Bateau by Beychevelle

 

In Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon receives special care and a great concentration to be the principal grape. It often appears beside Merlot and Cabernet Franc as well as Petit Verdot, Carménère, and Malbec every now and then.

Speaking of the Bordeaux red blend, it has a specific ranking on the map of the world for a reason. It’s not only a wine that tastes heavenly, but it’s also a majestic creation that can be aged up to 30 years. 

The Bordeaux red tends to be full-bodied with the notes of blackcurrant and violet from the grape itself. When it’s aged in barrels, you can expect it to have the bouquet of cedar and cigar box notes. This is the perfect example of a typical Old World Cabernet Sauvignon’s smell and taste.

Apart from Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon also claims its place in the Southwest region of France, especially in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. This area is famous for producing Vin de Pays.

 

America

The history of American Cabernet Sauvignon only began with the hit in 1976 when Napa Valley wines swept the French competition at the Paris blind tasting test. From then on, the fate of American Cabernet Sauvignon was sealed forever. The victory spread the name of the country way further across the planet. It regained the reputation and quality of the New World country that was overlooked. 

 

Othello Dominus Estate

 

California grape appears to be richer and filled with the ripe black-fruit notes. The American oak barrels lend the sweet vanilla and chocolate into the wines. 

Granted with the warm climate of the valley, the grapes are left hanging until they reach the expected “full ripeness” that the winemakers want. Hence, Californian wines have a bigger taste compared to Bordeaux. They also have a higher content of alcohol and lower acidity. 

Washington State is the second-largest region in the States to produce notable Cabernet. The vineyards encompass over 22000 hectares. Washington Cabernet charms drinkers with the famous ripeness of California fruit, but at the same time, it’s fused with the finesse of Old World styles.

 

Italy

Around the same time in the mid-1970s, when Cabernet Sauvignon made a hit in California, in the other part of the World, the grape once again made its way into Italy with the Super Tuscan.

It was when the Tuscan rebel winemakers decided to break Italy’s tradition of using only native grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon was introduced as a part of the blend with the regional icons such as Sangiovese.

 

GAJA Ca'Marcanda Magari, Super Tuscan

 

Due to the cultivation of a foreign grape, Cabernet Sauvignon wines were not allowed in the DOC classification system. However, the quality of the wines still made a hit regardless of the traditional system. 

The Tuscan Cabernet offers sweet plum and cherry flavors. When aged in the French oak, they provide the tobacco-like oak notes which is also a sign of the traditional application.

 

South Africa

Cabernet Sauvignon is also the most popular grape to be planted in South Africa. Some winemakers prefer to create a Bordeaux-style blend while other producers combine it with Shiraz. The characters of South African Cabernet inherit from both.

Of the Old World and New World. Therefore, you can expect it to have the savory black pepper and bell pepper notes supported by ripe black fruit.

 

Australia

In Australia, Cabernet Sauvignon follows Shiraz to be the second most planted grape. The first official Australian Cabernet Sauvignon wines were launched around the 1970s. These wines are designed to be fruit-forward with remarkable minty overtones and mostly found in South Australia’s Coonawarra region.

 

Yalumba The Menzies

 

In addition to Coonawarra, Cabernet Sauvignon is also found in Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, and McLaren Vale. It also appears in the form of a blend with Shiraz to emphasize the juicy black fruit character.

 

Chile

Just like other countries on the list, Chile places a strong focus on the planting of

Cabernet Sauvignon as its primary grape variety. Thanks to the diversity of terroir across different parts of the country, Chile is able to create Cabernet Sauvignon wines in numerous styles.

If the Cabernet is planted on the valley floors of the country with a warm and dry climate, the wines turn out to be riper with softer tannins.

 

Lapostolle Grand Selection Cabernet sauvignon 2017

 

If the grapes are planted along the Pacific Ocean or high-elevation plantings prevail where the cooling climate works, the wines have higher tannins with fresher black fruit character. These wines are very elegant which resembles the classic Bordeaux style.

Those Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon at the lower end of the price range appear to be simple and fruity which is perfect to be consumed young. More expensive wines come with a better complexity and age-worthiness as the winemakers utilize oak and lower vineyard yields.

 

China

China has been showing a strong interest in Cabernet Sauvignon by not only buying but also starting to grow their own grapes. As the country is newly emerging for wines, the style of Chinese Cabernet is still on the way of discovery. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most important variety that stretches across nine different regions throughout the country. Cabernet Sauvignon is 70% the entire yield of vines in China.

 

What Are the Most Popular Blends of Cabernet Sauvignon?

Bordeaux blend is the most talked-about blend of Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s obviously the first thing that pops up in their mind you ever ask them about his grape. This interesting fact plays a big role in explaining why Cabernet Sauvignon is such a big deal that is always connected with the region of Bordeaux.

The Bordeaux blend is a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. But Merlot is not the only grape to be blended with this iconic star. Other popular equivalent alternatives are Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Carmenere. In Australia, Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with Shiraz, which is the most widely planted in this country. Meanwhile, in Spain and South Africa, Tempranillo usually stands beside Cabernet to become a beautiful blend.

 

The Pricing of Cabernet Sauvignon

There are FOUR big factors that come together when it comes to the pricing of Cabernet Sauvignon. History and reputation are usually the biggest players in the pricing game but that’s not the only thing to care about. Here are the four of them!

Greenness

Greenness is referred to as a natural compound known as pyrazines, which creates a hint of green vegetable taste, especially the flavor of green bell pepper. It’s such a common taste that many drinkers admit that they infer the notes of green vegetables in most of the Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

This is a unique quality that can barely be found in other grapes. However, an overexpression of pyrazines will lead to less-appealing wines. And therefore, the Cabernet wines become less drinkable and are priced less expensive.

That’s the reason why the winemakers try to make wines that appeal to versatile palates. This allows them to eliminate the influence of pyrazines and drive the wine to be towards a fruit flavor.

The region the grapes are grown in speaks volumes about the ability to control pyrazines due to the temperature. A small amount of pyrazines provides savory notes of peppercorn and sage that are essential to a well-rounded wine.

Origin

As I mentioned earlier, some specific regions really stand out from the rest of the group in the making of Cabernet Sauvignon. Speaking of origin, the first names people usually recall are Bordeaux and Napa Valley for Cabernet Sauvignon. 

First, we have Napa Valley. This region is the best example of premium Cabernet Sauvignon wines that are more expensive compared to other countries, or even other areas in the same state.

But Napa Valley wine is not only expensive just for the name. That has a lot to do with the special terroir and the painstaking journey from zero to hero of the valley.

What you see from the Napa Valley is its wild variance in soils and elevation. It’s much smaller than other world’s famous wine regions.

The first few decades were a complete challenge to the Napa Valley as the region had to face a lot of challenges relating to experience, marketing, and labor. 

But the actual attention finally came in 1976 with the Judgment of Paris where Napa Valley Cabernet wines wiped out the French counterparts. This event got the world crazy for Napa wines followed by the tourism to the region increased to atmospheric heights. A huge pile of money was flushed into Napa and the appearance of the region completely changed by the 1980s.

Now, let’s talk about Bordeaux! 

Bordeaux continues to take the lead as a high-quality wine producer. And it has a lot to do with the reputation, or understood value. This means they price the bottles based on the historical success, the skills, and the quality that they believe in the making of their own wines compared to the lesser-known region. 

Born as one of the oldest and most prestigious wine regions in the world, yet Bordeaux thrives to improve constantly to keep up with the modern world of wine. 

This can be seen for the past 25 years through many changes and developments in the very region of Bordeux. That’s the backbone for Bordeaux to step up with the quality of premium wines in today’s world. 

if you’re a big fan of Bordeux wine, don’t forget to check out the iconic Mondovino documentary that was aired in 2004. This amazing movie will help you understand all inside out about the famous wine regions in the world!

The Cost of Barrels

 

oak Barrels

 

The cost of wine barrels and their related products have a direct impact on the pricing of the wine. These barrels can only be used for a certain amount of time, which is up to 10 years providing the best care. Because of such, the introduction of wine to oak barrels is an expensive approach.

Unlike the oaked Chardonnay which does not take the lead, Cabernet Sauvignon is famous for its harmony with the oak. It balances out wine during the aging process when the wine sits inside the barrels.

The type of barrel, its origin, and the age of the wood all contribute to the pricing of the final Cabernet Sauvignon wine.

Speaking about the origin of the oak, there’s something that really interests me when I read about that. 

American oak and French oak bear different traits that lend into the taste of the wines. They both contribute aromas, flavor and tannins to the wine. However, the French Quercus Petraea oak are usually tighter grained and less dense than the Quercus Alba from American.

That’s the reason why we see a subtle flavor and silkier tannin in the French blend. Meanwhile, the American wines have more obvious, stronger and sweeter aromas and flavors due to the higher level of sweet and vanillin compounds in the oak texture.

As American oak is denser and can be sawn to reduce the time and human power when hand splitting, they hence cost less than the French equivalent. 

As a result, when you choose a less expensive Cabernet Sauvignon, you will understand that they use another kind of wood or wood chips instead of the expensive wooden barrels.

Outside of France and American, we have Slavonian, Hungarian, Russian and Portuguese oak to be some of the traditional wine regions in the world. Quercus Robur and Quercus Petraea are the common species that are grown in these countries.

Coming up next is the age of the oak. Newer oak has more oaky aromas and flavors while the older ones have negligible flavor.

Last but not least, the size of the barrels plays a crucial role in the flavor game. Smaller oak barrels will lead to a more oaky aromas and flavors to the juice.

The Age-worthiness

Needless to say, I believe many of us are happy to pay for a bottle of wine that can last long so we can age it for a special occasion. 

And it works in the same way with Cabernet Sauvignon, even more important!

The longer you age your Cabernet wine, the better you can smoothen its flavor even for a harsh type of wine.

The Cabernet wines towards the higher end of the price range are designed to be consumed only when they reach a certain amount of time maturing in the bottle. It means freshly-produced wines are almost undrinkable!

You need to wait! But it’s worth the wait!

On the contrary, less expensive bottles are less likely to be aged and should be consumed within a year or so after the purchase.

 

Cabernet Sauvignon Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose the Right Reds for Yourself?

There are THREE factors to be considered when you are choosing the right Cabernet bottle for yourself. I advise you to look at the origin where the wine comes from, the price and quality, and finally the food you want to pair with.

First, The Region

The country where the wine is made plays the most important role in defining the characteristics of the wine. This type of characteristic then reflects the image, flavor, and reputation that people think about that wine over a long time. 

Whether you are buying the wine from the South of France of the Napa Valley in California, you’re bringing home a better caliber of wine. 

 

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It’s not simply the matter of history or fame that does the talking, but the grape cultivation in both of these areas ensures that the bottles taste heavenly and flavorful.

The Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a special charm of a stronger fruit flavor, with undertones of black currant, cherry, and blackberry. The French wines are famous for its spicier and oaky tasting beverage.

The excellent terroir in both of these areas is granted by Mother Nature to bring out the best Cabernet Sauvignon wines for the world that you can barely find elsewhere. That’s the reason why if you Google the most expensive Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the world, chances are you will see many of them from California occupy the highest rankings on the chart.

But I’m not saying you only get a wine that tastes good only when you break the bank for it. South American, Australian, and South African wines can win your heart with their best representatives as well. These wines are also expected to appear a little more reasonable than the all-time iconic countries.

Second, Price and Quality

Now. let’s take some time to review your experience with wines!

For a beginner to Cabernet Sauvignon, getting started with an entry-level quality wines is the best idea! This way allows you to be introduced with the characteristics of Cabernet Sauvignon and its blends. From there, you will know what you like most about the wine and what to expect when tasting the higher-level of Cabernet.

When you have a basic knowledge about Cabernet Sauvignon, let’s move on to a medium to high range of wines. This segment will teach you about complexity and structure of a Cabernet wine. This is the right time to play with different kinds of Cabernet Sauvignon wines by tasting the Old World and New World to see the difference. 

As I mentioned earlier, different origins will leave a different impact on the tasting profiles. The Old World Cabernet usually comes in blends, and 100% Cabernet are very rare as the traditional winemakers are experts at blending varietals.

The Bordeaux blend have the hints of herbal or floral flavors of graphite and tobacco than fruit. The notes of black cherries and licorice with earthiness are also the typical offers from this region.

Cabernet Sauvignon from the New World countries are fruitier with flavors of black cherry, licorice and pepper stand beside vanilla. This kind of wine has less tannins and acidity but high in alcohol (13.5-15.5% ABV).

For advanced-level drinkers, it’s time to go over some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon wines at a premium range. Of course you don’t have to drink it all the time but it’s a good choice to make it fancy for a special occasion. 

Next, look at the vintage! Cabernet Sauvignon wines improve with age.

The best Cabernet Sauvignon towards the higher end of the price range come with a higher maturing time or produced in the best vintages. Aging softens the structural tannins and acidity. This is a vital part of the process as it smoothens the texture, fades the initial fruits and welcomes earthy notes such as tobacco and leather.

Price is most of the time equal quality. We all know that! And when it comes to wine, there’s no doubt that you will nod your head with the price you pay.

But I want to say that the wine’s price is funny because today you see this bottle marked at a few bucks but tomorrow you may see another bottle priced at thousands of dollars.

I’m not kidding! Wines can be very expensive.

And this is also the reason why many of you are confused, especially for the first-timers to wine.

There’s one thing I’d like you to remember! More expensive wines are costly for a reason but it doesn’t mean that a cheaper wine tastes like nothing. In fact, many affordable Cabernet wines are gifted with superior flavors.

“So what am I going to do?” – you may ask.

Now, let’s break down the price range. There are plenty of good options  in any price range. So when you know what is the ceiling price you are willing to pay for a bottle, then we are good to go.

 

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Thank you winemag for this Infographic

In the section below, I break down FOUR different price ranges from less to more with the best options in each range. These options are the best wines I’ve tested and I’m sure they are worth what you pay for!

Third, What Are You Pairing It with?

Don’t forget to think about which food you are sipping your wine with because even if you get a costly bottle that tastes like heaven but the food is wrong, then the whole experience is off!

Cabernet Sauvignon wines are flavorful and full-bodied so you want to match it with hearty and rich dishes.

Steak seems to be people’s favorite when it comes to Cabernet Sauvignon pairing. Just imagining the mouthwatering and juicy plate of meat sitting beside a glass of Cabernet even warms me up! I would love to have it slightly fattier like ribeye and served medium-rare. In Vietnam, one of the best foods to pair with this wine is Vietnamese shaking beef. If you prefer something different, then grilled chicken is also a good choice to go for! 

I surprised myself by drinking Cabernet Sauvignon with a plate of pan-seared pork chops and that is one of the best experiences with wine I have ever had. I highly recommend this pairing to anyone who wants to levitate their Cabernet experience to the fullest!

 

Which Cabernet Sauvignon Should I Buy?

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Below 800,000 vnd (~35 USD)

Château Los Boldos Tradition Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Château Los Boldos Tradition Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

 

  • A balance representative from Chile with an affordable approaching guide and recorded as one of the Top 10% best wines in the world.

  • Medium-bodied covered in a stunning red color.

  • Offering the hints of plum, blackberry, oak and tobacco which is great for daily use.

  • Food pairing: Vietnamese shaking beef, Veal Piccata.

 

Lapostolle Grand Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Lapostolle Grand Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

  • A nice and simple Chilean reds which is best for a friend reunion.

  • Medium acidity and juicy tannins lead on the palate.

  • Fresh red fruit aromas such as strawberry and plums juice make way for a surprising spicy expression of cardamom and red paprika.

  • Food pairing: Grilled chicken with honey, Braised beef dishes.

 

Alta Vista Premium Cabernet Sauvignon

Alta Vista Premium Cabernet Sauvignon

  • A warm welcome from Argentina that has won numerous prestigious awards.

  • Medium-bodied wine with vanilla notes and black fruit smell on the nose.

  • A dense ruby red as the look of the Mendoza dwellers.

  • Food pairing: Deep-fried chicken wings with fish sauce, Slow-cooked beef stew.

 

Château Haut Selve Graves Cabernet Sauvignon

Château Haut Selve Graves Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Featured in the list of Top 10% wines of the world.

  • Such a beautiful blend between Cabernet Sauvignon and a touch of Merlot that can be stored for several years.

  • This Bordeaux masterpiece comes with a cheerful colour and offers a bouquet of garrigue and spices.

  • Food pairing: Stir-fried lamb with lemongrass, Venison Bourguignon.

 

Michel Lynch Reserve Medoc

Michel Lynch Reserve Medoc

  • Another powerful Bordeaux that fits any occasion, whether it is a cozy family gathering or a business meeting. 

  • Considered as one of the Top 6% best wines all over the Medoc region.

  • A typical reds that compliments the notes of dark fruits and a good level of tannins.

  • Food pairing: Venison steak, Braised chicken with bamboo shoots.

 

From 800,000 to 1,200,000 (~35 USD - 52 USD)

Grand Bateau by Beychevelle

Grand Bateau by Beychevelle

  • An iconic Old World wine recognized as one of the Top 10% best wines in the world.

  • Ruby red with purple hues make the bottle a lot more captivating and make way for an expressive nose of ripe red fruits.

  • On the palate is the harmony and seduction of velvety ripe-fruit flavours wonderfully cradled by the new–oak.

  • Food pairing: Roasted veal with mushroom, Grilled beef with betel leaf.

 

Chateau Lestage Simon, Cru Bourgeois Haut Médoc

Chateau Lestage Simon, Cru Bourgeois Haut Médoc

  • Taking pride in its attractive fruitiness, this bottle is a great choice for a BBQ party.

  • It has a tremendous and brilliant garnet red colour with shades of violets, while the fruity and spicy notes make way for a surprise.

  •  Food pairing: Steamed chicken with green onion oil, Spiced marinated lamb chops.

 

From 1,200,000 to 2,500,000 (~52 USD - 108 USD)

GAJA Ca'Marcanda Magari, Super Tuscan

This Gaja Tuscan gem is produced by one of the most prominent wineries in Italy. 

  • Putting on a shining red that covers the exceptionally structured and complex juice on the inside, this bottle offers the notes of blackcurrant, blackberry, pepper, salt, yeast, oak and vanilla.

  • Ca'Marcanda Magari is definitely an iconic choice for a romantic dinner with your significant other as well as a big family reunion.

  • Food pairing: Braised venison with rosemary, Beef salad with water spinach.

 

Yalumba The Menzies

Yalumba The Menzies

  • Offered by an iconic New World country - Australia, this Cabernet Sauvignon is regarded as one of the Top 2% best wines in the world.

  • What I can say about this bottle is the welcome of a heavenly red on the outside, while the inside is exceptionally structured and complex.

  • Elegant and inviting aromas of cedar and chocolate combine beautifully with rich, ripe cassis and violets.

  • Food pairing: Grilled saffron rack of lamb, Crock-pot Barbecued Venison.

 

Chateau Le Conte

Chateau Le Conte

  • A beautiful Saint-Émilion Grand Cru representing France as a powerful and complex red wine.

  • This fantastic blend offers the notes of dark cherry and prune with a decent length molasses finish.

  • Another reason why I love it is because of its diversity in pairing with any kinds of food, from pizza, meat and vegan-friendly.

  • Food pairing: A rich meaty pizza, Vegetarian dishes.

 

Saint Estephe Famille JM Cazes

Saint Estephe Famille JM Cazes

  • One of the best high-end Cabernet Sauvignon I would be happy to pay for!

  • This is one of the greatest Bordeaux wines with nice aromas of ripe fruits and forest.

  • Meanwhile, it shows its power and elegance with a dark ruby robe that captivates anyone’s attention when walking by.

  • Food pairing: Braised beef dishes, Grilled lambs.

 

From 2,500,000 and above (~108 USD)

Othello Dominus Estate 2012

Othello Dominus Estate 2012

  • As one of the best sellers in the United States, Othello Dominus Estate 2012 is a real definition of a Bordeaux wine with American twist.

  • This is a typical example of how a middle-range Cabernet Sauvignon should be: notes of raspberries, cherries, tobacco leaves, herbs chocolate, leather and soil fully are delivered after being enjoyed around 45 minutes.

  • A medium acidity and tannins are long and intense.

  • Food pairing: Stewed beef with beans, Pan-seared pork chop.

 

 

Wrap Up

This article helps you understand FIVE things about the great Cabernet Sauvignon: 

  • The birth of Cabernet and its journey to become the world’s favorite red wine.

  • Characteristics and tasting profiles.

  • Which countries are the best producers of Cabernet Sauvignon.

  • How they price their Cabernet wines and how much should you pay.

  • Which Cabernet Sauvignon wines are worth your money.

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