Sablet 2014 Cotes du Rhone Villages Les Couversets 14%
This is a demonstrative charmer from the small town of Sablet.
As you probably know, the Wine Explorer likes to find less well-known vineyards close to the well-known famous and rather more expensive neighbour. This is a fine Cotes du Rhone Villages similar to Chateauneuf du Pape, but from this charming little-known village nearby called Sablet, which unsurprisingly grows superb vines on well-drained sandy soil. The Chateauneuf du Pape retails for £44.00, wheras this Sablet is just over half the price at £23.50 a bottle. It really is a very fine wine indeed that could easily be mistaken for a Chateauneuf du Pape. The wine has a large proportion of Mourvedre which adds some lovely black fruits to the compote of raspberry and pepper. Deep purplish-red, liquorice, dark berries, bay and fine spices, smooth and suave on the palate, then full and structured with harmonious tannins. Rich, ripe, dark fruits, smooth, soft tannins, developing complexity with a surprising depth.
“A complete wine” Clive Barlow MW
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|Grape Variety (ies)||Grenache
|Food Accompaniment||Rabbit and Pearl Barley Stew