Cabernet Sauvignon is the most important red grape variety in the world. Although it is grown all over the world, it is most often associated with the red wines of Bordeaux.
In the vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are small, thick-skinned and distinctly blue in color, with a high seed to pulp ratio. The thick skin gives the wines a deep color and the seeds provide a high tannin content.
The aromas of Cabernet Sauvignon can vary from region to region. For example, Cabernet Sauvignon from the Margaux appellation in Bordeaux is quite different from Cabernet Sauvignon grown further north in Pauillac. The best Cabernet Sauvignon wines are characterized by deep color, good structure and full body. They are tannic when young, especially when aged in oak, and often need several years to age before they are pleasant to drink. Typical aromas are black fruits such as blackcurrants or blackberries, but also fragrant cigar boxes, tobacco and coffee.