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Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most famous and widely planted red grape varieties in the world. It is immensely popular in Australia, where world-class wines are made in Coonawarra, Margaret River and the Yarra Valley. Each region has a distinctive character, but all tend to be more fruit-forward than those from France. Coonawarra has a distinct mint or Eucalypt aroma, Margaret River has a more tomato leaf character, while Yarra Valley is more elegant in style.

Its original home is Bordeaux, where it is the dominant grape on the left bank, Medoc and Graves. In Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon tends to be blended with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and with small amounts of Malbec and Petit Verdot. In the New World, it is both blended and made as a straight varietal. Excellent wines are also produced in the Napa Valley and Chile's Maipo Valley. The grapes are thick-skinned providing the characteristic high tannins and deep colour. The Cabernet Sauvignon wines tend to show fragrant cassis, herbaceous, full-bodied with high acid.
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  1. Chateau d'armailhac 2017 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    A glimpse at the great wine -- and a beauty in its own right. Next door to owners Mouton Rothschild, Armailhac is produced under the same elevated standards including, famously, the use of second fill barrels from the great wine ... Learn More
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  2. Chateau Duhart Milon 2017 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Château Duhart-Milon’s grand vin is often described as a model of the Pauillac appellation. The 2017 Chateau Duhart-Milon is terrific, offering tons of Pauillac character in its smoked tobacco, blackcurrant, new leather, and spicy, earthy aromas and flavors. Rich, ... Learn More
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  3. Pavillon Rouge Chateau 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    The 2018 Pavillon Rouge accounts for 30% of the crop this year. It is composed of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, with 14.5% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple in color, it sings of crushed black and red currants, warm black berries and ... Learn More
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  4. Chateau Carruades De Lafite 2017 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Château Lafite Rothschild’s second wine, Carruades de Lafite presents similar characteristics to the Grand Vin, but with its own personality linked to a higher proportion of Merlot and to specific plots that are used to produce Carruades. The ... Learn More
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  5. Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2017 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    A blend of 90 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, nine percent Merlot and one percent Petit Verdot, this falls into the glass with a deep, dark colour. The nose is already singing of crushed black currants, warm blackberries and chocolate-covered cherries with hints ... Learn More
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  6. Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2014 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Unquestionably one of the great wines in the vintage, the 2014 Mouton-Rothschild offers more flamboyance, depth, and texture than just about every other release out there. Crème de cassis, violets, lead pencil, and ample creamy oak notes all emerge from ... Learn More
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  7. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2017 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Lafite is one of the greatest wines of Bordeaux. It was one of the four Chateaux originally classed as "First Growths" in 1855 and has been owned by the Rothschild dynasty since 1868. Composed of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon with 3.5% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot, ... Learn More
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