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In the Bordeaux region they are mainly grown in what is called the ‘left bank’ or Médoc part of Bordeaux because of the gravel-based soil that drains very quickly and the soil absorbs the heat during the day and returns the heat when it gets cooler in the evening. Most of the wines from Bordeaux left bank are blended, very often with Merlot to soften the tannins a bit and get rounder flavours. Our wines from Chateau Labadie are the perfect reflection of how good Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be without ruining your wallet. Outside Bordeaux the grape is grown in the south of France and a little bit in the Loire valley, but the majority comes from Bordeaux.
The Cabernet Sauvignon wines are best paired with fatty red meats like lamb or a cote de boeuf. The fat and the proteins reduce the perception of tannins on the palate and create a very pleasant silkiness with flavors of vanilla and wood. We would definitely recommend opening the wines an hour before drinking and decanting in a carafe is even better.