The Dirt on (and Under) Cabernet Sauvignon

The who, what, why, where, when and how of this mighty black grape

 


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Cabernet Sauvignon is the second most planted black grape variety in the world.
France is the leading producer and Bordeaux – not surprisingly – leads the plantings. However, Merlot has topped the charts for black grapes since the 1970s when les français realized that Merlot ripened more easily. Cabernet Sauvignon now represents around 20 percent of Bordelais vines.

The variety is, however, very well traveled. Pretty much every country that makes wine makes Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s planted in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Moldova, Lebanon, Israel, Morocco, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, China, India…really, all over!

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  • Snooth User: gustavoa
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    I can see this to have some true, I am a Cabernet lover and on the white wines side I had always prefer Sauvignon Blanc.
    Cheers

    Dec 04, 2012 at 1:35 PM


  • Snooth User: EMark
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    Very interesting article. Thank you.

    Dec 04, 2012 at 6:20 PM


  • What an enjoyable,concise and well written article. Thanks.

    Dec 04, 2012 at 6:49 PM


  • Wow! Sauvignon Blanc. I would never have guessed.

    Dec 04, 2012 at 11:13 PM


  • Snooth User: zinfandel1
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    Love the article.
    My question is: What did cabernet franc lack as far as not being able to be competitive with cabernet sauvignon?

    Dec 12, 2012 at 8:55 PM


  • Snooth User: Christy Canterbury MW
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    Zinfandel1, To be PC, it's not that CF "lacks" something but rather that it's just different. In fact, in the vineyard, CF offers some important pluses over CS. CF ripens more easily & is more resistant to inclement weather at harvest. However, CF has less color and less structure (despite its bright acidity) than CS. Also, CS produces more flavor power than CF in milder climates like Bordeaux. So, essentially, CS is better equipped for longer aging.

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:42 AM


  • Snooth User: Christy Canterbury MW
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    Thanks to everyone for the kind comments! Glad you enjoyed this piece.

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:43 AM


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