An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon is a red wine grape that originates from Bordeaux, France. Featured in various blends, Cabernet Sauvignon can be found in: Bordeaux blends, alongside Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot; Super Tuscan blends with Sangiovese, Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc; and CMS blends which consist of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. Full-bodied and high in tannins, Cabernet Sauvignon tends to have notes of black cherry, black currant, cedar, baking spice, and hints of graphite. Enjoy alongside beef wellington, Korean BBQ, and pepper-crusted ahi tuna.
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted wine grape in the world, with roughly 720,000 acres dedicated to the grape. Unsurprisingly, France produces the most Cabernet Sauvignon with about 124,000 acres devoted to the grape. French Cabernet tends to be savory and age-worthy, while showcasing notes of black currant, anise, tobacco leaf, and plum sauce. With 100,000 acres, Chile offers some exceptional quality Cabernets with notes of blackberry, fig paste, baking spice, and green peppercorn. Meanwhile, the United States has 95,000 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, with California producing the most amount of it. These wines display notes of black currant, blackberry, graphite, and mint.
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