A review from Emile,
I had previously carried many vintages of this delicious wine from Southern France which defies all competition for its quality and price.
This blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah comes from numerous plots around the small village of Sablet, (pronounced Sab-lay.) Sable in French means sand, thus the sandy vineyards produce at all times healthy ripe grapes with no irrigation.
On my trip last in France this May/June, many of my French wine friends unanimously claimed that the Cotes-du-Rhone-Villages produce many of the best reds at a very good price. I can’t disagree with them, especially now that France has won the soccer world cup!
This Sablet has a deep red color, a warm nose and a generous taste that gently covers your palate. Rich ripe berry overtones and mild minerality create a velvety taste. Slightlypeppery character is typical of this Southern region.
A wine with characterwithout being overdone. Versatile with many grilled dishes, seafood and vegetables included. A Cantal or Comte French cheese from central France would put a finishing touch to your meal with the last sip of red Sablet.