Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon achieved recognition internationally through its prominence in Bordeaux wines with which it is often blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. For most of the 20th Century, it was the world's most widely planted premium red wine grape until it was surpassed by Merlot in the 1990s. Its popularity is often attributed to its ease of cultivation -- the grapes have thick skins and the vines are hardy and resistant to rot and frost -- and to its consistent presentation of structure and flavours which express the typical character of the variety.