Originally from the Loire Valley, this variety has also been established in a large number of countries, without however experiencing the worldwide success of its child, Cabernet Sauvignon, the result of being crossed with Sauvignon Blanc. A flagship grape variety of the red wines of Anjou (AOC Anjou, Anjou-Village, Saumur-Champigny) and Touraine (AOC Bourgueil, Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil, Chinon), it offers fruity and supple wines that improve quickly over time. It is generally associated with other grape varieties (in Gironde and the South-West) except in the Loire where it is found as a mono-varietal. When it is blended, often with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, it tends to be in the minority and brings suppleness and fruitiness. When it is the dominant variety, it brings structure and finesse to wines that can be kept for a long time. Vinified on its own, the grape variety has a very present acidity which brings a sensation of freshness, but which can become very astringent. In warmer climates such as Chile, the grape variety gives softer wines due to the jammy berries.