2017 Domaine Cabirau Cotes du Roussillon (750ml)

Grenache from Côtes du Roussillon, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

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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, 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!


The 2017 Côtes du Roussillon checks in as a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Carignan, and 20% Syrah, all from black schist soils, that’s still aging all in stainless steel. Its deep purple, opaque color is followed by a beautiful bouquet of blackberry and blueberry fruit as well as plenty of violets and incense. It's medium to full-bodied, ripe, sexy, and voluptuous on the palate, with terrific purity. It's certainly a gem of a wine that's going to drink nicely for 3-5 years.

90-92 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jun 2018)

The dusty black cherry-scented 2017 Cotes du Roussillon is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Carignan and 20% Syrah. It's a medium to full-bodied but easy-to-drink red that speaks of the dry, dusty region from which it comes, evoking hints of crushed stone and wild thyme to go along with plummy, dark fruit flavors.

88-90 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 236 - Apr 2018)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
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