Sablet is a town with two bakeries, one butcher and a florist. Their smells of cinnamon, blood and lavender rise all the way down to the rocks and into the grapes. Warmed by persistent winds from Africa, cooled in old cellars. Open, Sincere, and as ancient as medieval heresy.
Short Name: Sablet (SAH-blay)
Full Name: 2012 Cotes du Rhone Villages Sablet
Producer: Domaine de Piaugier – Jean-Marc Autran
Geography: France, Southern France, Rhone Valley, Mediterranean influenced climate
$10 g : $32 b
Varieties: Grenache 75%, Syrah 25%
Description: Jammy, spiced, balanced, broad.
Comparables: Rhone, GSM, Syrah, Shiraz, Red Zinfandel, Chateauneuf du Pape
Pairings: sausage, stews, beans, pork. Chicken shwarma, tomato sauces, eggplant, cooked peppers.
Interesting Technical Facts: Lots of small hand-worked plots fermented separately.