Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most planted grape varieties and also one of the most recognised ones. It is grown all over the world and is very often blended with other grapes. In France it’s mostly grown in the Bordeaux region where it is blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Although it is grown worldwide it is a relatively new grape variety and is the crossing of Sauvignon Blanc & Cabernet Franc. Its popularity is due to its ease of cultivation, the vines bud later then other grapes and therefore avoid late frost and it has a very thick skin that protects it from diseases or rot. The classic profile of Cabernet Sauvignon is very full-bodied wines with high tannins and noticeable acidity that makes these wines perfect for long aging. Typical notes for Cabernet Sauvignon are blackcurrant and green bell pepper and some mint and cedar wood. A lot of these wines are oak aged to reduce the acidity and the tannins and this combination can give some very complex wines that can improve for more than 20 years.

 

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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.