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Storing Cabernet Sauvignon

It all begins with choosing a bottle to open. That means a trip to the cellar.


by: Amy Lieberfarb

There are two aspects to consider for any wine: storage and serving temperature.  

Due to the bountiful presence of tannins in Cabernet Sauvignon, it is a wine that ages well, especially when produced in the old world style of winemaking from Bordeaux. Cabernet bottles can be stored for decades to allow the tannins to soften and the wine to develop its full complement of flavors.

​When storing wine for a long period of time, temperature becomes more critical.​ Light, humidity and vibration also play a role. A steady temperature and humidity that varies only a few degrees at a time is best with no vibrations. 

The ideal temperature for storing Cabernet Sauvignon wine bottles is between 45-65 degrees. 52-55 degrees is said to be optimal by most experts or 11-16 centigrade.