Not all accidents lead to a negative result. Some accidents have created great moments in history that give the world something new. Such was the case when an accidental breeding happened between two grapes: Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. And so was the beginning of Cabernet Sauvignon. Though this accident happened in the seventeenth century in southwestern France, scientists were unable to prove the breeding until 1996.
Originating from a red and white grape was bound to make Cabernet Sauvignon something special. The grape has a thick, durable skin. The vine is known to be able to withstand the elements. Another feature about the grape is that it has a high level of tannins, meaning that the wine produced can grow and develop over a span of many years.
Those who first found the grape conducted a first few initial experiments. They found that when put in oak Cabernet Sauvignon created a full-bodied wine that had a medium level of acidity. Adding Cabernet Sauvignon with other wines, deepened its flavors even more and added new complexities of flavor. The most famous combination is with Merlot, creating the Bordeaux blend.
If you enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon often, you will note its note of green pepper, tobacco, cassis, dark fruits, and sometimes vanilla. Often it is consumed with food because of its tannins. Next time you feast on some meat, mushrooms, or cheese consider enjoying some Cabernet Sauvignon.
To find out more about this wine explore these two links: https://vinepair.com/wine-101/what-is-cabernet-sauvignon/http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/wine-topics/wine-educational-questions/grapes-for-wine-making-flavor-characteristics-explained/cabernet-sauvignon-flavors-character-and-history/
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