It is known as the king of red grapes in France, but it seems to achieve greatness everywhere.
What is it famous for?
It is widely regarded as the “king” of red grapes, from the lofty heights of Château Latour and Château Lafite in Bordeaux to the highly sought-after Napa Valley cult labels such as Screaming Eagle.
A kingpin of almost every warmer "New World" wine-producing region.
Where does it grow?
Bordeaux. More recently planted in Tuscany. A mainstay of Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley. However, it is also a kingpin of almost every warmer "New World" wine-producing region from Western Australia to Central Chile.
What does it taste like?
This varies according to where it is grown: from black cherry, blackcurrant and cedar notes in Bordeaux to mint, cassis and eucalyptus in Australia.Tight black fruit balanced with fine-grained tannins are the marks of a classic Cabernet.
Tastes great with:
Medium-rare steak/braised beef dishes and Porcini mushroom-based dishes.
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