What does it taste like?
- Roasted coffee beans
- Green pepper
Where does it come from?
Bordeaux | California | Chile | Argentina | South Africa | Australia | New Zealand
What style of red wine does Cabernet Sauvignon make?
World-renowned and well-travelled, cabernet sauvignon makes some of the world’s finest red wines, working either on its own or blended with other varieties.
While many grape varieties are known for their friendly fruit aromas, cabernet sauvignon’s success as a fine wine lies in its subtleties: secondary, complex flavours that have the potential to develop deliciously in bottle over time. For this reason, cabernet is often seen as quite a ‘serious’ red wine designed for cellaring and keeping for many years. However, you can certainly find younger, fruitier styles to help you explore the flavours of this iconic grape.
Which should I try?
Cabernet Sauvignon is made in two fairly distinct styles:
Old world: these are your classic French bottles, famously shown in Bordeaux’s great clarets. They tend to have a brooding character, with robust tannins adding structure and blackcurrant fruit shining through. It’s here that one of the greatest blending partnerships of the wine world was forged – the marriage of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc. It is a relationship that has travelled the globe, making some of the best wines in the world.
New world: In California and the southern hemisphere (Chile, Argentina, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia), cabernets tend to develop a sense of fullness and weight. Rich in blackcurrant, mint and occasionally green bell pepper flavours along with firm tannins, the best wines here can age for decades too.