Cabernet Sauvignon is arguably the most noble of all black grape varieties and the most widely cultivated. It first established its reputation in the Médoc where for well over a century and a half it has been the major contributor to such great first growth clarets as Château Latour, Château Margaux, Châteaux Mouton and Lafite Rothschild.
Small and tough-skinned, Cabernet grapes produce deeply-coloured wine, rich in blackcurrant, mint and occasionally green bell pepper flavours along with firm tannins that enable the best wines to age for decades.
Cabernet Sauvignon now has been transported to almost every wine-growing region in the world. It is sometimes bottled 'solo', but more often it partners Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot or, in Australia particularly, Shiraz.