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2015 Domaine Cabirau "Serge & Nicolas" Maury Sec (Previously $25) SKU #1313562

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Importer Dan Kravitz sold other people's wines for three decades and decided to take the winemaking plunge in 2007 by purchasing his own vines in the region of Maury, a sub-appellation of Roussillon. Starting with 13.5 acres of Grenache, his holdings have blossomed to 18 acres and now include Syrah and Carignan. All of his vineyards are planted on steep slopes of schist, which translates well to minerality in the wines. The Maury is composed of his oldest Grenache vines on the steepest slopes with the rest made up of Carignan and Syrah.

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  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Cabirau was one of the first wineries I ever visited in France. The terroir was so unique that it left an indelible impression. The famous "Brown Schist" of Maury is so distinct it looks like the ethereal moonscape of some otherworldly planet. Climbing up to the top of a hill in the center of the vineyard, I was surrounded by all this fragmented rock as though a quarry had dumped all of its contents into one giant pile. Standing upon that hill, it was evident as to why importer/vigneron Dan Kravitz was drawn to it and why he had to purchase the land. Each year, Dan and his team have fashioned some of the Roussillon's most distinct and enjoyable reds from the region. And each year, the Serge & Nicolas has over-delivered for its price. A gorgeous nose of blueberries, violets, garrigue and spices erupt from the glass. It is bold and genuine with its overt profile. This Maury makes no secret that it is from a distinctly warm climate but the acidity and tannins keep it all focused and balanced. It also doesn't hurt that the tremendous 2015 vintage graced the landscape of Roussillon like so many other of France's appellations. Regardless of vintage, the Cabirau is always sensational and continues to provide its consumers with a wine of twice the quality for half the price.
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    For those of you who loved power-wines like the Saint Roch Kerbuccio and the Bila-Haut Roussillon this year, take note of the Domaine Cabriau. Holy smokes, I thought I had topped out on big wines until this one came along. The nose here is black pepper and meat. Stone cold. The palate is well-structured with a deep, dark blast of black fruit that totally consumes the palate. This is a wine that pushes big fruit to the brink while managing to keep the rest of its elements intact. Elegant wines go home. This one doesn't pull punches.
  • Blake Conklin
    By: Blake Conklin
    K&L Staff Member
    What a tasty, tasty blend, and at a fantastic price. The smaller percentages of Syrah and Carignan give this Grenache-heavy blend perfect balance and structure.


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