B-21 Top Recommendation
B-21 fans of the best from France's Deep South know, I've been diggin' the Cotes du Roussillon for decades. This is France's most unique terroir; dramatic geology, history to match. Think of this as Priorat's closest cousin, not quite as high. Chapoutier came here to make his fabulous Bila-Haut wines. So it's no wonder why my good buddy, importer extraordinaire Dan Kravitz, established Domaine Cabirau in the same neighborhood. The old Mediterranean grapes are planted to rocky soils of brown schist; the iron and slate returns wines with distinct textures and aromas you could spot blindfolded. Three cuvees made my list for 2015, the straight Cotes de Roussillon an unoaked, Grenache-dominated gem, raised in 600-liter barrels that'll blow your socks off for the tariff. The "Serge & Nicolas" cuvee takes it up a few notches. Here, ancient Carignan plays an important role alongside the Grenache, everything planted to the exotic black schist around Maury – minerality and wild flowers to burn. Finally, "First Things First," where broken equipment meant Dan was bringing in the fruit in stages, working his tail off to control the elements. Count me in, break a few eggs on my account any day!