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Why is Cabernet Sauvignon the world’s most widely drunk grape?

Why is Cabernet Sauvignon the world’s most widely drunk grape?

Regarded as the backbone of many of the most prestigious Bordeaux wines and many of the most internationally recognised French labels.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted and consumed variety for fine wines around the world, also regarded as the backbone of many of the most prestigious Bordeaux wines and many of the most internationally recognised French labels. However, given its versatility and easy adjustment to the different terroirs, its fame spread from France to all wine-producing regions, so much so that every great terroir gives rise to top quality Cabernet Sauvignon wines. In view of its elegance, seriousness, body and complexity, the wines made from this variety captivated wine lovers from all five continents.

Beyond personal tastes and preferences for different styles of wines, no one ignores the fame of Cabernet Sauvignon across the world: the mere mention of it is a reference to international wine royalty. The legendary wines from Bordeaux, and especially those born in the region of Médoc, as well as the emblematic Cabernet from the Napa Valley, in the United States, are just a few examples of these iconic wines that also (and fortunately) include those made in Mendoza.

In our estates situated in Maipú, Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley, we have historically cultivated this grape variety that expresses great potential in the terroirs of Mendoza. At these latitudes, the dry and sunny climate, in addition to its great thermal amplitude, allow fruits to reach a degree of maturity that provides intensely-coloured wines of excellent typicity, well-defined aromas and deep flavours. Besides, harsh and green tannins are not as noticeable in the Cabernet wines born in Mendoza as in those made in colder regions across the world, as the first are rather soft and pleasant. Hence, the Cabernet Sauvignon wines from Mendoza always entice us to enjoy an extra glass.

In the world of Argentine blends, the formula made up by Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, occasionally containing a small percentage of a different variety, is still synonymous with the great national red blend that is undoubtedly dominant in our country as well.

The key aspects to its international predominance

Cabernet Sauvignon has every reason to preserve its prestige and standing over the years and continue to be the most widely chosen variety, both by experienced consumers and the new generations.

As a varietal, it encompasses the ideal conditions of a powerful and vigorous wine, featuring a great complexity of aromas, including notes of pepper, black fruits, leather, spices, coffee and tobacco, among others. When young, these wines are very strong in the mouth, in addition to their evolving ability during its ageing in oak and bottle stowage processes. Argentine Cabernet Sauvignon wines are also full-bodied and structured, with great volume and strength in the palate, two characteristics that make it perfect to pair satiating dishes or fatty and intense-flavoured meats, such as lamb or short ribs.

In the world of Argentine blends, the formula made up by Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, occasionally containing a small percentage of a different variety, is still synonymous with the great national red blend that is undoubtedly dominant in our country as well.

Made from grapes grown in different regions of Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley (Las Compuertas, Agrelo, Gualtallary and Altamira), De Sangre Cabernet Sauvignon is the archetypal wine of Mendoza’s Cabernet: serious, manly and well-bodied. It stands out for its aromas of excellent varietal typicity, dominated by black fruit and its characteristic notes of pepper, perfectly balanced with hints of roasting as a result of its 12-month ageing in oak barrels. Perfect to pair with intensely-flavoured game meat, such as deer or wild boar marinated in herbs, served with roasted vegetables.