There is no doubt that Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most talked about grape varieties when it comes to red wines. This strain which comes from the French city of Bordeaux in the 17th century is the result of the crossing between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, hence its name. But there is so much more to the delicious grape, read more about it here:
- Cabernet Sauvignon was the world's most cultivated variety until the 1990s when the Merlot took over.
- It grows very well in very different climates. It’s so noble that it has expanded non-stop throughout the rest of Europe and in the considered countries of the New World (United States, Chile, New Zealand, and Australia).
- Wineries in the Napa Valley in California pay more for these grapes than for other varieties in the area. This being very ironic because it’s one of the most produced there, without diminishing its value and price.
- It’s the most cultivated grape in Chile. The cold breezes of the Pacific Ocean and the induction effect of the Andes result in wines that are very similar to the reds of Bordeaux. Even French wineries have invested in the region because of its potential.
- The red wines based on Cabernet Sauvignon have a lot of body, structure and strong tannins, so it is ideal to pair it with grilled red meats, rabbit, wild boar, lamb and stews, among others.
- The whole world loves this variety and China is no exception. Recently a report was released that stated that the Chinese are the biggest consumers of red wine in the world and the Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most popular grapes in this country.
- In the United States, it has its own official day: the Thursday before Labor Day, which is celebrated the first Monday of September.
- Other names that it’s known for are Vidure, Petit Vidure, Petit Cabernet.
- It’s the grape variety that has more reviews in the database of Wine Spectator's, about 24,000 tasting notes dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon.
- It’s said that the word "Sauvignon" comes from the French “sauvage”, which translates as "wild", and currently suggests that it was a grape so noble that it grew wild and free in France.
Juan Gil Etiqueta Azul 2014