Being hundreds of years old, Cabernet Sauvignon is a very popular wine that originated in the Bordeaux, France, in the 17th century. It is now found in nearly all major wine countries in the world. You have probably even drank it at some point in your life. It has been grown in a variety of climates, favorably hot, being that it is internationally recognized through its prominence in being a premier Bordeaux wine.
Being hundreds of years old, the grape is of relatively new variety. It is a full-bodied wine with high tannins and high acidity, but because of its amazing ageing ability, it gets better as time goes on. Starting as a French wine, it spread across Europe and eventually to the new world. Many attributes have allowed for this wine to gain significant popularity. First and foremost for its ease of cultivation, having thick skin and being naturally very low yielding, all have allowed this wine to be mass produced. Usually mixed with Merlot and Cabernet Franc to allow for richer flavor.
A wine that is able to age has the ability to get richer in taste as time goes on. Well, this wine has been known for its outstanding ability to age, giving it a powerful reputation in France as a premier wine. As it ages, there can be many new flavors and aromas that emerge. Ageing that can continue for several decades long is what makes a wine like this special and unique. California’s Napa Valley is a place that has built its reputation on this wine. Producing it with higher alcohol levels and ageing it remarkably well.
If you go to Italy though, than you will usually find this wine in something called the “Super Tuscan”, a famous blend that is found in the Italian district. Having a variety of food pairings, because of its amazing ageing ability. Cabernet Sauvignon has shown to have the best pairing with not-so-light dishes. Probably caused by its high tannin content, it has the ability to overwhelm light and delicate dishes. Red meat is usually the number 1 on the list of food pairings with the wine, with it being so famous for its ability to bring out the fruity flavor of the wine. In the end, this wine has been extremely popular for its effect on many wine makers. Many producers have become famous, because of their use of the wine. Noticeably the Bulgarian wine industry, which introduced this wine to the international wine market. Making not only Cabernet Sauvignon famous, but driving its own industry to success. Since then, it has made its way over too countless countries around the world, been changed and adjusted in different ways, and is probably the most prominent wine in the 20th century. Even though it was overtaken by merlot, in the late 20th century, it still is one of the world most prominent wines. I would still consider this wine as being one of the top 5 wines out there in the world today.