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Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world's most widely recognized red wine grape varieties, grown in nearly every major wine producing country among a diverse spectrum of climates. 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. Despite its prominence, the grape is a relatively new variety, the product of a chance crossing between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc during the 17th century in southwestern France. Familiarity and ease of pronunciation have helped to sell Cabernet Sauvignon wines to consumers, even when coming from unfamiliar wine regions.

The classic profile of Cabernet Sauvignon tends to be full body with high tannins and noticeable acidity that contributes to the wine's extended aging potential. In cooler climates, Cabernet Sauvignon tends to produce wines with blackcurrant notes that can be accompanied by green bell pepper notes, mint, and cedar, which will all become more pronounced as the wine ages. In more moderate climates, the blackcurrant notes are often mitigated, with black cherry and black olives notes becoming more prominent. In the hottest climates, the currant flavors can veer towards the over-ripe and "jammy" side.

Both Old World and New World styles can be remarkably varied. Bordeaux is the grape's ancestral home, and where it finds the most complex expression. In the wine regions of the Left Bank, the Cabernet influence on the wines shows up in unique fashion according to each sub-region. In St-Estèphe and Pessac-Léognan, the grape develops more mineral flavors. Aromas of violets are a characteristic of Margaux, Pauillac is noted by a strong lead pencil scent, and St-Julien by cedar and cigar boxes, while the southern Graves region is characterized by strong blackcurrant flavors, though in less intense expression overall. The percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon used in the blend will depend on terroir and the winemakers styles as well as the vintage. In Italy, especially the vineyards of Tuscany, Cabernet Sauvignon is characterized by ripe black cherry flavors that can give a perception of sweetness, as well as strong notes of blackcurrant. The wines typically reach an alcohol level around 14% but can still maintain notable levels of balance and finesse.

New World Cabernet is decidely more "consumer friendly." In California, the main stylistic difference in Cabernet Sauvignon is between hillside/mountain vineyards and those on flatter terrain like valley floors or some areas of the Central Valley. In Napa, the hillside vineyards of Diamond Mountain District, Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder, and Spring Mountain District have thinner, less fertile soils, which produces smaller berries and more intense flavors, reminiscent of Bordeaux wines that require years of aging to mature. The yields are also much lower. Wines produced from mountainside vineyards tend to be characterized by deep, inky colors and strong berry aromas. Throughout California there are many wine regions that have the potential to grow Cabernet Sauvignon to full ripeness and produce fruity, full-bodied wines with alcohol levels regularly above the Bordeaux average of 12–13%. The use of oak in California Cabernet has a long history, with many producers favoring new barrels made predominantly of American oak. Washington Cabernet Sauvignon is characterized by its fruitiness and easy drinking styles that are not overly tannic. Washington AVAs that have seen recent success with their Cabernet Sauvignons include the Columbia Valley, Red Mountain, Walla Walla Valley, and Yakima Valley AVAs.

Cabernet Sauvignon is grown in nearly every South American country including Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru and Uruguay. In Chile, the wines were historically limited by the excessively high yields that were commonplace throughout the country. As producers began to concentrate on limiting yields, regional differences began to emerge that distinguished Chilean Cabernets. For vineyard plantings along flat river valleys, the climate of the region is the most important consideration, but as plantings move to higher elevations and along hillsides, soil type is a greater concern. The wines of the Aconcagua region are noted for their ripe fruit but closed, tight structure that needs some time in the bottle to develop. In the Maipo Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon wines are characterized by their pervasive blackcurrant fruit and an earthy, dusty note. In warmer regions, such as the Colchagua Province, the grapes ripen more fully and produce wines with rich, ripe fruit flavors. The wines here are famously approachable for their soft acidity and tannic structure. In Argentina, Cabernet Sauvignon trails Malbec as the country's staple red grape but its numbers are growing. The wines are characterized by lighter fruit flavors and are meant to be consumed young. Premium examples are often blended with Malbec and produce full, tannic wines with savory leather and earthy tobacco notes. In recent years, there have been increased plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Uco Valley of the Mendoza Province.

In the 1980s, Australia followed California's contemporary trend in producing lighter, more "food friendly" wines with alcohol levels around 11-12% percent, but by the early 1990s, the styles changed again to focus on balance and riper fruit flavors. Today, Cabernet Sauvignon is the second most widely planted red grape in Australia, following Shiraz with which it is often blended. It can be found in several wine regions with many large producers using grapes from several states. Notable regional differences characterize Australian Cabernet Sauvignon styles. In the 1970s, the Coonawarra region first brought international attention to Australian Cabernet Sauvignons with intense fruit flavors and subtle mint and herbal notes, owing in large part to its unique, iron-rich terra rossa soils. The Margaret River region soon followed with wines that were tightly structured with pronounced black fruit notes. In contrast to these cooler regions, Barossa Valley produces big, full bodied wines, while the nearby Clare Valley produces wines with more concentrated fruit.

There is no doubt and no argument — Cabernet Sauvignon has taken its place as the king of red wine grapes, and for good reason. There is no other red grape in the world that has availed itself to so many regions, climates, and styles.

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94 points CellarTracker.com community score. 92-94 points Neal Martin (Vinous): The 2017 Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuées 1er Cru underwent a relatively late malolactic and so had only recently been sulfured. Matured in 50% new oak, this has an intense, pure bouquet of black cherries, blueberry and… ...
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Felettig Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru Les Fuees 2017  (#333838)

Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

94 points CellarTracker.com community score. 92-94 points Neal Martin (Vinous): The 2017 Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuées 1er Cru underwent a relatively late malolactic and so had only recently been sulfured. Matured in 50% new oak, this has an intense,…

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91-94 points Jasper Morris, MW: A not quite monopoly for the Felletigs who are probably the only source who bottle it separately. It is clearly a cuvée close to Gilbert’s heart. From barrel: dense colour if a bit more sombre than some, as is the nose, some torrefaction, then a thick red fruit, maybe… ...
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Felettig Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru Les Carrieres 2017  (#333834)

Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

91-94 points Jasper Morris, MW: A not quite monopoly for the Felletigs who are probably the only source who bottle it separately. It is clearly a cuvée close to Gilbert’s heart. From barrel: dense colour if a bit more sombre than some, as is the nose…

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94 points Jasper Morris, MW: Clear bright fresh red purple. The nose is very classy with a sense of precision. Tight and lean at first but with much more generous fruit in reserve, good acidity, vibrant sweet raspberry fruit and very good length. Quite a lot of oak but the fruit will clearly carry… ...
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Magnien/Henri Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru Cazetiers 2016  (#334706)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

94 points Jasper Morris, MW: Clear bright fresh red purple. The nose is very classy with a sense of precision. Tight and lean at first but with much more generous fruit in reserve, good acidity, vibrant sweet raspberry fruit and very good length.…

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91-93 points Neal Martin (Vinous): The 2017 Chambolle-Musigny Clos le Village is matured in 50% new oak. Despite the small reduction, there is fine delineation on the nose, which offers black cherries, red currant jus and pressed violet aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet, quite candied… ...
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Felettig Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2017  (#333842)

Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

91-93 points Neal Martin (Vinous): The 2017 Chambolle-Musigny Clos le Village is matured in 50% new oak. Despite the small reduction, there is fine delineation on the nose, which offers black cherries, red currant jus and pressed violet aromas. The…

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90-92 points Neal Martin (Vinous): The 2017 Nuits Saint-Georges Village comes two-thirds from Les Chaliots and one-third from Les Lavièves. It has a focused, detailed bouquet of wild strawberry and light cassis fruit, delineated and with commendable intensity. The palate is medium-bodied and silky… ...
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Felettig Nuits-St-Georges 2017  (#333846)

Pinot Noir from Nuits-St.-Georges, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

90-92 points Neal Martin (Vinous): The 2017 Nuits Saint-Georges Village comes two-thirds from Les Chaliots and one-third from Les Lavièves. It has a focused, detailed bouquet of wild strawberry and light cassis fruit, delineated and with commendable…

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95 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2016 Pinot Noir Estate is a blend of the seventeen clones on the property. Freshly cut flowers, spice, mint, blood orange and dried flowers give the Estate beguiling aromatic complexity and nuance. There is a sense of translucent beauty in the 2016 that is… ...
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Melville Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills Estate 2016  (#702524)

Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Central Coast, California

95 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2016 Pinot Noir Estate is a blend of the seventeen clones on the property. Freshly cut flowers, spice, mint, blood orange and dried flowers give the Estate beguiling aromatic complexity and nuance. There is a…

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