Saturday, September 3, 2016

Great French Red!

Domaine Cabirau Serge & Nicolas...$15.98
was $24.99 - on sale now!
A step up over the straight Côtes du Roussillon release, the semi-opaque 2014 Maury Sec Serge & Nicolas knocks it out of the park with its black raspberry, cassis, toasted bread, crushed rock and candied licorice-like aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, layered and showing the classic 2014 approachable, supple profile, I think it will come in slightly behind the 2011 and 2013, but is still a brilliant wine that plays well above its price point. A blend of 60% Grenache, 28% Syrah and 12% Carignan that comes from the black schist soils located around the village of Maury, its Grenache component was fermented and aged all in tank and the Syrah and Carignan in demi-muids.
These blockbuster efforts are made by Dan Kravitz at the coop in Tautavel. They more than over-deliver and offer classic Roussillon flair and texture, yet back it up with solid mid-palate concentration and sound structure. Don't miss them.

Rated 91-93/100 The Wine Advocate

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