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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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97 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru is a terrific rendition of this routinely stunning cuvée, soaring from the glass with a complex bouquet of red-black fruit, incense, rich soil tones, violets, smoked duck and a touch of menthol. On the palate, the wine is deep… ...
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Mugneret-Gibourg Clos de Vougeot 2015  (#334292)

Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

97 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru is a terrific rendition of this routinely stunning cuvée, soaring from the glass with a complex bouquet of red-black fruit, incense, rich soil tones, violets, smoked duck and a…

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98 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2013 Clos de Bèze is a magical young wine in the making. The stunning bouquet is a brilliant blend of red and black cherries, black raspberries, exotic spice tones, raw cocoa, lovely meatiness, black minerality, a touch of fresh nutmeg and a very… ...
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Rousseau Chambertin-Clos de Beze 2013  (#333831)

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

98 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2013 Clos de Bèze is a magical young wine in the making. The stunning bouquet is a brilliant blend of red and black cherries, black raspberries, exotic spice tones, raw cocoa, lovely meatiness, black…

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100 points Jeb Dunnuck: A barrel selection released only in magnum, similar to the Old Sparky release, yet only from the Las Piedras Vineyard, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Colesworthy Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is another perfect wine from this team, and it’s one of those wine where I wish I… ...
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Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Colesworthy 2016  (#333963)

Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: A barrel selection released only in magnum, similar to the Old Sparky release, yet only from the Las Piedras Vineyard, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Colesworthy Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is another perfect wine from this…

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95-97 points and 'Don't miss!' Allen Meadows (Burghound): (the aggregate size of this holding is a whopping 3.4 ha and Ponsot is easily the largest holder in Clos de la Roche). Interestingly this is even spicier with its own very broad array of spice elements that seemingly change with each whiff of… ...
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Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes 2012  (#320036)

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

95-97 points and 'Don't miss!' Allen Meadows (Burghound): (the aggregate size of this holding is a whopping 3.4 ha and Ponsot is easily the largest holder in Clos de la Roche). Interestingly this is even spicier with its own very broad array of spice…

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96-98 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts has just a little less new oak than the Les Suchots this year. The aromatics are more backward and recalcitrant than the Les Suchots and demanded more coaxing from the glass. There is a sense of depth to the… ...
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Cathiard Vosne-Romanee 1er cru Aux Malconsorts 2015  (#330428)

Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanée, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

96-98 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts has just a little less new oak than the Les Suchots this year. The aromatics are more backward and recalcitrant than the Les Suchots and demanded more coaxing…

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98 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2018). 97 points Bruce Sanderson (Wine Spectator): Alluring flavors of pure cherry, currant and wild strawberry are at the core of this juicy red. As this evolves on the palate, licorice and spice notes emerge and vibrant acidity kicks in. Beautifully balanced, showing… ...
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Rousseau Ruchottes-Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes 2016  (#333541)

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

98 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2018). 97 points Bruce Sanderson (Wine Spectator): Alluring flavors of pure cherry, currant and wild strawberry are at the core of this juicy red. As this evolves on the palate, licorice and spice notes emerge and vibrant…

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96 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): An intensely floral nose features notes of dried rose petal and lavender along with cool red berry fruit that is liberally laced with earth, spice and menthol nuances. The taut and muscular broad-scaled and concentrated flavors are precise, intense and… ...
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Dujac Clos de la Roche 2010  (#314356)

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

96 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): An intensely floral nose features notes of dried rose petal and lavender along with cool red berry fruit that is liberally laced with earth, spice and menthol nuances. The taut and muscular broad-scaled and…

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93-96 points Fine Wine Review: The Griotte-Chambertin was very closed when I tasted it, but density, concentration, minerality, and tannins all showed through to make a promising wine. (Issue #141; 2014) ...
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Drouhin/Joseph Griotte-Chambertin 2012  (#334325)

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

93-96 points Fine Wine Review: The Griotte-Chambertin was very closed when I tasted it, but density, concentration, minerality, and tannins all showed through to make a promising wine. (Issue #141; 2014)

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95+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The ninety year-old vines in Charmes have also fired up the rockets in 2005, as this is another brilliant wine. The bouquet is deep, immense and utterly pure, as it blazes from the glass in a blend of black raspberries, plums, espresso, bitter chocolate… ...
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Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2005  (#116352)

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

95+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The ninety year-old vines in Charmes have also fired up the rockets in 2005, as this is another brilliant wine. The bouquet is deep, immense and utterly pure, as it blazes from the glass in a blend of…

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98 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2012 Musigny Vielles Vignes Grand Cru from de Vogüé has slightly brighter and more vivacious fruit than J-F Mugnier, and in fact, the two wines seem to go in two different trajectories in the glass, this blossoming and the other becoming more occluded. De… ...
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Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2012  (#320543)

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

98 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2012 Musigny Vielles Vignes Grand Cru from de Vogüé has slightly brighter and more vivacious fruit than J-F Mugnier, and in fact, the two wines seem to go in two different trajectories in the glass, this…

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95 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): Still deeply colored though there is a bit of bricking at the rim. While there is plenty of secondary character present on the wonderfully spicy, complex and earthy nose there is absolutely no sous-bois in evidence. The powerful and concentrated middle weight… ...
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Mugneret-Gibourg Echezeaux 1990  (#334684)

Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

95 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): Still deeply colored though there is a bit of bricking at the rim. While there is plenty of secondary character present on the wonderfully spicy, complex and earthy nose there is absolutely no sous-bois in…

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95+ points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): Good deep red. Much less reduced on the nose than Ruchottes, offering captivating, high-pitched perfume of raspberry, rose petal, blood orange and crushed stone. On the palate, the tangy raspberry, red cherry and mineral flavors show a penetrating character and… ...
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Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru Clos St-Jacques 2013  (#331575)

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

95+ points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): Good deep red. Much less reduced on the nose than Ruchottes, offering captivating, high-pitched perfume of raspberry, rose petal, blood orange and crushed stone. On the palate, the tangy raspberry, red cherry and…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available
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