Cabernet Sauvignon is synonymous with red Bordeaux where it originated; a wine style so eminent that it is emulated everywhere. This has made Cabernet into a veritable globetrotter, adapting so well to different cultures and climates that it is grown with success throughout the world. Rather like Chardonnay, the two have become the vanilla and chocolate ice-cream flavours of wine. Interestingly, Cabernet Sauvignon is the offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the parentage probably happening by accident sometime in the 18th century in Bordeaux .
Cabernet Sauvignon has typical aromas of dark cherries, blackcurrants and green peppers, the latter become more apparent in slightly unripe wines. As they ripen, the grapes develop aromas of eucalyptus, mint, tobacco and cedar. Cabernet’s thick grape skins are full of phenols that add tannic structure and deep colour to the wine. In spite of its power, Cabernet Sauvignon is not particularly round and fleshy and can sometimes seem hollow in the middle, a characteristic sometimes called the “donut-effect”. It is therefore often blended with mouth filling Merlot. Only in warm climates where full ripeness softens Cabernet’s tannic rigour is it bottled on its own. Its structure also explains its affinity with oak: the additional tannins and toasty aromas of new French oak barrels marry well with the grape. Cabernet Sauvignon develops real interest with bottle age. Oak, Cabernet and its blending partners unite to form a complex, mature bouquet while the tannic grip softens.
In Bordeaux, Cabernet is grown on the warm gravelly Left Bank of the Gironde. It needs warmth to ripen fully and mirrors terroir. Wines from Saint-Estèphe show grip and intense earthy notes. Pauillac is a benchmark with its balance between power, elegance, opulence and cigar box aromas. Saint-Julien shows mineral definition, pure fruit and linear structure. Margaux is all about silky texture wrapped around firm tannins. Pessac-Léognan from the top of the Graves is lighter with hints of pencil shavings.
Cabernet Sauvignon also shines in other well-known wine regions throughout the world: In Maremma and Bolgheri, coastal Tuscany shares a maritime climate with Bordeaux. Here, Cabernet is successfully blended with both Merlot and Sangiovese. Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the star varietals in California’s Napa Valley producing wines that are concentrated and extracted often with elevated alcohol levels. Australia’s heartland for Cabernet is Coonawarra: recognizable by its eucalyptus scent, ripe fruit and its savoury tannins, while Margaret River Cabernet is more restrained, elegant and minty. Chilean Cabernet’s blackcurrant aromas virtually jump out of the glass and in South Africa, it is the Cape’s most planted red grape, usually blended with Merlot to make charming wines especially in Stellenbosch and Paarl.
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- 2015 Castillo De OliteNavarre D.O.0,75l Red€4.90 €4.05Produced from grapes grown in the hillsides of Navarre in the north of Spain, this light and fruity red wine is aromatic and easy drinking. For more than 20 years it has been a great favourite of our clientele. Perfect for every day drinking.
- 2016 Castillo De OliteNavarre D.O.0,75l Red€4.90 €4.05De "Castillo de Olite" wordt geproduceerd in de heuvels van Navarra ten noorden van Spanje. Deze lichte, fruitige en aromatische rode wijn is de grote favoriet van onze klanten. Deze wijn met zijn fruitige en frisse aroma's is zeer gemakkelijk te drinken als dagelijkse wijn.
- 2014 Castillo De OliteNavarre D.O.0,75l Red€4.90 €4.05Produced from grapes grown in the hillsides of Navarre in the north of Spain, this light and fruity red wine is aromatic and easy drinking. For more than 20 years it has been a great favourite of our clientele. Perfect for every day drinking.
- 2014 Château le BostBergerac0,75l Red€6.80 €5.62Quite a traditional wine with lots of character and aromas of red fruits, tobacco and cedar. Produced in the charming region of Bergerac, just south-east of Bordeaux, the wines from here are just a little more rich and rustic.
- 2016 Le P'tit RamatuelleVin de Pays du Var0,75l RoséNew€6.90 €5.70From the South of France comes this fresh and playful rosé, with lots of character. With his fashionable pale colour, its crunchy red fruit character (from a good blend of Merlot, Carignan, Grenache and Cinsault grapes), its dry, smokey palate and clean, crisp finition, this is the perfect rosé for summer entertaining. To drink now.
- 2014 Château MalbatBordeaux Supérieur0,75l Red€7.50 €6.20This is a fresh, fruity, easy drinking red Bordeaux at a very attractive price made from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. It has a deep ruby colour, a warm nose with a slight vanilla bouquet and notes of ripe fruits, cinnamon and cassis. This wine offers a great balance between fruit and oak and can be enjoyed young with all sorts of meat and pasta dishes.
- 2013 Château FonbelSaint-Émilion Grand Cru0,375l Red€8.09 €6.69Vibrant and deeply coloured. Juicy and fresh on the nose with crisp acidity and aromas of prunes and damsons. The palate has flavours of red fruit with pretty notes of spice. A good richness and fine soft structure.
- 2014 Chateau PelleboucBordeaux0,75l Red€8.16 €6.74This wine is predominately made from Merlot giving it body and balance, plus a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon adding structure. It has a shiny dark purple colour. The nose is developing aromas of red fruits and spice with a round and structured palate. This wine is lovely drunk on its own or paired with white and red meats.
- 2012 Château FonbelSaint-Émilion Grand Cru0,375l Red€9.15 €7.56The unusual blend (60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Carménère) coupled with an increasingly rigorous selection process give this ‘little’ Saint Emilion, which comes from the same stable as Ausone, an abundance of personality and finesse. It is very inviting and fresh with pretty roundness and well-structured tannins. It makes lovely drinking when young. The unusual blend (60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Carménère) coupled with an increasingly rigorous selection process give this ‘little’ Saint Emilion, which comes from the same stable as Ausone, an abundance of personality and finesse. It is very inviting and fresh with pretty roundness and well-structured tannins. It makes lovely drinking when young.