Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape of the month

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the worlds most known grape names, and it is grown all across the world. It is one of the worlds most planted grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon can vary from the elegant and complex wines from Bordeaux in France, to the explosively fruity wines from California and other new world countries. The wines vary from the low priced easy drinking examples to the astronomically high valued rare wines that has governed its own trading market. It can be stored in new or old oak barrels, or enjoyed young and fresh directly from a steel tank. Cabernet Sauvignon has a distinct flavour of black currants.


 Napa Valley in California

Napa Valley in California

 Bordeaux in France

Bordeaux in France

The taste of Cabernet Sauvignon

There is a big difference in wines from a warm climate vs a cool climate. Warmer climates are often California or Australia, while cool climate is often Bordeaux in France.

There is a difference between wines produces in a warmer climate vs wines produced in a cooler climate. Warmer climate wines are often from California and Australia, while cooler climate wines are often from Bordeaux in France. Warmer growing conditions gives rise to higher alcohol and more body and more ripe, sometimes baked flavours. Oak aged wines from warmer climates often use American oak. American oak often give bold flavours of vanilla.

Cabernet Sauvignon from cooler climates like Bordeaux have a slightly lower alcohol level (tough this has risen in recent years), the wines are also a little less bold. The flavours are less baked and feels fresher. Oak aged wines from Bordeaux often gives more elegant flavours of cloves and cedar tree, with hints of vanilla from the French oak.

McManis Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Explosive and fruity, dominated by aromas of Black currants and cassis with a hint of vanilla. The wine has a full body with a dense and concentrated taste. Well balanced with a medium length.

Pairs with: Game, Beef and lamb

Drink: 5-6 years

Producer: Mcmanis

Country: USA

District: California

Wynns Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Aromatic on the nose, with well defined aromas of Black currant leafs, blackberries and ripe plums. The wine is showing hints of herbs and tobacco on the palate. Still a bit young, but will develop more complexity within the next 3-4 years. A nice and fruity finish.

Pairs with: Beef, Game and Lamb

Drink: 8-10 years

Producer: Wynn`s Coonawarra Estate

Country: Australia

District: Coonawarra

Chateau d`Agassac 2012
Deep ruby red colour. Smells of dark plums and black currants, with a hint of green peppers and cloves. Medium body, with a great structure and some complexity. A Well defined finish with a good length.

Pairs with: Beef, game and lamb

Drink: 8-10 years

Producer:  Chateau d`Agassac

Country: France

District: Bordeaux

Marius has worked in several parts of the wine business for the last 16 years. He is currently working as a Category Coordinator for wine and spirits in the Travel Retail business. He is also a part of a tasting panel for the financial newspaper in Norway and writes articles and lectures in his spare time.Marius has a huge passion and dedication for the wine and spirits industry. He is a certified Sommelier and is currently undertaking the WSET Diploma in wines and spirits education.