Wine grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon
First and foremost a grape associated with the Bordeaux region, Cabernet Sauvignon also grows in the Loire Valley, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence and southwestern France.
In Bordeaux, particularly at Graves and Médoc, where winemakers sometimes call it "Petit Cabernet", Cabernet Sauvignon represents more than half of the plantings. In the region's winemaking, it is traditionally paired with Cabernet Franc, Merlot or Petit Verdot.
California winemakers have succeeded in producing good wines from this grape, though they were once thought to be exclusive property of the Médoc.
Wine and aromas
The small bunches of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes produce a wine high in tannins with flavors of black currant, violet and green peppercorns. The wine is therefore hard when young but later develops a very delicate bouquet.
Médoc, Graves, Margaux, Bergerac, etc
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