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Producer : Domaine Cabirau
Region : France (France), Roussillon (France)
Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml
Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
"A blend of Grenache with around 20% Syrah and 10% Carignan, the Cabirau 2012 Cotes du Roussillon delivers lusciously ripe black raspberry laced with sage, horehound and smoky black tea, and garlanded with heliotrope. As usual with this cuvee, there is a brightness and seed-crunching “ping” that convey energy and invigoration to an infectiously juicy finish. Here is a stupendous value that projects distinctive Roussillon virtues including downright dynamic interactivity. I suspect that it will show well for the better part of the decade if not beyond."
92 points - David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate, Jan 2014
|Bottles Per Case||6 Pack|
|Bottle Size||750 ml|
|Region||France (France), Roussillon (France)|
|Style||Warm and spicy reds|
|Grapes||10% Carignan, 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah / Shiraz|
|Food Pairing||Breads, Cured Meat, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables|
|Price of Case||$131.70|
From 1980-2007, importer Dan Kravitz sold OPW (other people’s wine). In ’07 he took the plunge and bought 13.5 acres of Grenache vineyards in Roussillon, the French part of Catalonia. The vineyard is 20 miles inland from the Mediterranean and 20 miles north of Spain. Ten acres were 20 years old, the rest 60. The name ‘Cabirau’ has been on the plat map for 100 years. The vines were planted on steep slopes of schist, dark sharp rock that gives a distinctive mineral character to Grenache, different from the earthiness of Cotes du Rhone planted on flat vineyards of smooth white river stones.
Fast forward to 2018. There are now 23 acres (15.2 Grenache, 1.5 Syrah, 3.6 Carignan, 2.4 Macabeu) in the village of Maury, previously known for dessert wines. There have always been two bottlings. As the increasingly prestigious Roussillon Appellation requires at least 3 varietals, the first bottlings were IGP Grenache. Today the basic bottling is Roussillon, a blend of 70% Grenache, with Syrah and Carignan. The flagship bottling uses the new Appellation ‘Maury Sec’. Based on old vine Grenache, it also incorporates Syrah and Carignan.
In 2008 Dan became the first American member of La Tautavelloise, a progressive Cooperative in a village adjoining Maury. The next year the two Cooperatives of Tautavel merged with one in Vingrau to form VTV (Les Vignerons de Tautavel Vingrau). Dan’s Cabirau has become the ambassador for the quality-obsessed team at VTV, with sales throughout Europe as well as the U.S., and soon Asia.
Dan maintains a library of all of the wines produced from Cabirau. Small quantities of the older bottlings remain available. Dan is happy that the wines have been well received both by the market and the press and that he is achieving his goal of a sustainable vineyard in one of France’s best and best value Appellations.
It's important to remember that taste is subjective, and personal preferences play a significant role.
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