The Region: BordeauxIf vintners and merchants worked together to custom design the ideal wine region, they would produce Bordeaux. Nestled in a natural crossroads between land, river and sea in the Southwest of France, the mild climate and well-drained soil provide the perfect environment for growing the three big grapes of Bordeaux -- Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc.
It’s actually Bordeaux’s unique location that influenced how these grapes came to be made into wine. As a major shipping port since ancient times, Bordeaux was host to the world’s very first trade expositions. And that bred a culture of clever merchants who realized that if the grapes were vinified separately and then ‘assembled’ within a few months of fermentation, they could guarantee a steady supply of wines with consistent character…even in years with challenging weather. Voilà…The complex, engaging character of Bordeaux wines was born!
The Wine: La Vie Cabernet Sauvignon (with grapeskins)TUsually, French Cabernet Sauvignon is part of a blend, but this forward-thinking wine brings both old world notes of cedar and herbs, backed with firm acidity and floral highlights to New World richnesses of blackcurrant, dark fruit, pepper and a soupçon of vanilla and spice. A complex, densely imagined wine, its youth will be dominated by tannin and lean structure. Cellaring for six months to a year will allow the fruit to come into balance, and will reveal more complex aromas of leather, cedar, chocolate and coffee. It will improve for 2 to 3 years, gaining elegance and depth as it goes.
Cabernet Sauvignon works better with oak than any other red wine, and needs big food to match. Serve with stroganoff, dry-rubbed grilled ribeye, or roast lamb.
RELEASED January 2017 | SWEETNESS Dry | BODY Full
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Type Red Origin France Body Full Sweetness Dry
- Customer Q&A
Browse 3 questions Browse 3 questions and 9 answersHow many liters are in the kit?BEST ANSWER: I received my first two kits today, they are indeed 18 liter kits.In addition to the kit, what else will I need?BEST ANSWER: If you have not made a kit before you will need a 7 gal fermenter, 6 gal carboy, rack cane and tube and sanitizer. These things can be bought together in a beginner kit. The only other things needed would be time and medium oak cubes for aging.How many pounds of grapes is this. how many gallons would this many grapes produce?BEST ANSWER: This is a standard 6 gallon kit. The grapes have already been reduced to juice ready for the fermenter.