Top 5 red wine grapes of 2014 judged by hectares planted: No. 1 Cabernet Sauvignon

As part of a five part series of blogs on the most planted, and therefore the most popular grapes of the coming year. As number one we have Cabernet Sauvignon with 263,000 hectares of these red wine grapes planted worldwide.

Cabernet Sauvignon – 263,000 hectares worldwide

Known as the most famous red wine grapes in the world and the most widely planted, the grape is a small, dusty, black-blue coloured berry. It produces full bodied deeply coloured wines with high tannins and notable acidity. The flavours of Cabernet Sauvignon can differ depending on which climate the vines are grown in. Cooler climates produce a wine with mint and blackcurrant notes; whilst moderate climates produce a wine with black cherries and black raspberry palate and nose; hot climates cause the grapes to over-ripen creating a wine with jammy notes and sugary flavours.

Chateau Tour D'Auron Bordeaux WineIt is thought Cabernet Sauvignon vines arose accidently when the Cabernet Franc vine was crossed with Sauvignon Blanc. This is thought to have occurred somewhere in the Bordeaux region, where most of the wine is still produced. Outside of France the grape is primarily grown in California, in Napa Valley and Sonoma County. The climate in Sonoma is perfect for creating Cabernet Sauvignon where the grape takes on an anise note. It is also grown in, Washington State, Australia, Italy, South Africa, Argentina and Chile.

Although Cabernet Sauvignon is chiefly drunk as a varietal, it forms a large proportion of the Bordeaux blend, of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. In Italy it is often blended with Nero D’avola such as in the Rapitalà Hugonis and in Spain with a Tempranillo as the VERTVS Vintage Cabernet Sauvignon – Tempranillo.

High Street find – Marks & Spencer Chateau Tour d’Auron Bordeaux Superieur 2011at £8.99 a bottle.

Join us next week where we will be talking about the dark inky wines of Merlot.

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