Cabernet Sauvignon’s finesse has earned it global renown. The grape behind some of the world’s greatest red wines, Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with other red grapes - Merlot or Cabernet Franc, the so-called ‘Bordeaux’ blend. It is in Bordeaux that Cabernet Sauvignon’s reputation was made. Here, in the illustrious château vineyards of areas like Pauillac, Saint-Julien and Margaux, Cabernet Sauvignon thrives in gravel soils and a temperate climate.
When ripe, Cabernet Sauvignon’s small, thick-skinned berries give full-bodied, deep-coloured wines with rich blackcurrant fruit, while its firm tannins are responsible for the fine structure that allows the best clarets to age so gracefully. Wine regions producing notable Cabernet Sauvignon include Tuscany in Italy, California’s Napa Valley, and Australia’s Coonawarra, but Cabernet Sauvignon is a success worldwide.