Domaine Cabirau Cotes du Roussillon 2014

$ 12.00

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 are 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 2014. There are now 18 acres (12 Grenache, 3.5 Syrah, 2.5 Carignan) in Dan’s 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 Vin de Pays Grenache. Today the basic bottling is Roussillon, a blend of 70% Grenache, with Syrah and Carignan. The top bottling uses the new Appellation ‘Maury Sec’. Based on old vine Grenache, it also incorporates Syrah and Carignan.