It may not be the coolest grape, but it's probably the most well known. Cabernet Sauvignon is famous the world over for it's heavily structured, tannic wines that are given to long periods of age in oak. Cabernet produces some of the longest lived red wines in the world. Deep black and blue fruits, cedar, spice and cigar underpin the variety, and it is an ideal partner of steak, grilled meats and bold flavours - high tannic content is hugely favourable to match high protein content. Cabernet's spiritual home is Bordeaux, but it'll grow anywhere - we've got 6 from across the world. Stunning value at €99 (reduced from €137!)
Familie de Skalli Cabernet from the Languedoc is an entry level, approachable stye from the Languedoc, it has no astringent tannins & is a medium bodied. Stocco Cabernet Sauvignon is from Friuli in the North of Italy, and is full of really juicy, ripe fruit. It is matured in stainless steel for clarity, with a beautiful line of freshness. From California, where Cabernet finds it's neo-classical expression, and from beatnik skate punk turned wine maker Kenny Likitprakong; HOBO Cabernet is from Alexnder Valley.
From Provence, a robust, dark and very inky Cabernet with a few drops of Syrah added to it, Chateau La Coste 'Le Rouge' is brooding and delicious. Moving finally to Bordeaux, where Cab. Sauv finds it's spiritual home, we have a pair of Cabernet blends. From the right Bank, Haut Dambert Cuvee Clemence, from the left Bank, Chateau Cissac Haut Medoc. This is a super-classic Claret (the old fashioned term for Left Bank Cabernet), beautiful deep, dark black fruits with some cigar box and leather. Fall in love with Cabernet again! STSWine