Cab Sauv

What to choose: cabernet sauvignon vs. Merlot

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are two wines that share numerous similarities, however; they are also vastly different from each other. If you are a seasoned wine drinker, you may have a little difficulty deciding which of the two suits you best. Lucky for you, Liquor Mart also stocks a blend of cabernet sauvignon Merlot, which has a balance of both flavors so that you do not have to choose. Alternatively, if you drink wine often, it might help to learn about the subtle differences so that your picks at Liquor Mart can be more informed to make the right decisions.
Where are cabernet sauvignon and Merlot grown?
Both originated in France, Bordeaux region, although each of the grapes requires completely different weather conditions to thrive. Cabernet Sauvignon grows well in gravel soil while Merlot thrives so much better in limestone and clay based soils.
What’s sweeter- Cabernet or Merlot wine?
Technically, neither the Cabernet or the Merlot wine is sweeter than the other although Merlot wine is fruitier and therefore considered sweeter. Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys a long finish and is more savory due to the high tannin concentration. Cabernet Sauvignon tends to be more expensive than merlot wine although it can taste a little abrasive to the inexperienced wine drinker.
Which is bolder?
If both wines were grown in the same area, Cabernet Sauvignon will most likely taster bolder because of the tannins. However, this does not mean that Merlot wines are not bold. If you prefer bolder merlot wine, it is advisable to look for Merlot wine that is made by the hillside estates which has grapes that are smaller and more intense.
The blend: cabernet sauvignon merlot
Not surprisingly, both cabernet sauvignon and merlot can be blended together whereby the fruitiness of the merlot is usually used to combat the boldness from the tannins, which is present in cabernet sauvignon. Generally, merlots are used in blends to sweeten bitter wines while cabernet sauvignon is used in blends to add dryness to extremely sweet wines.