Daily Drinker: Domaine CABIRAU Serge & Nicolas, VdP Côtes Catalanes, 2010

DanKravitzThe Person: Dan Kravitz, vineyard owner and wine importer (founder and “selector” of Hand Picked Selections)

The Place:
Dan’s desolate windblown estate in the Cotes du Roussillon in the southwest of France.

The Story: From the personal 13.5 acre Roussilon domaine located in the village of Maury, it is planted entirely to Grenache, and is comprised of 12 almost-contiguous parcels on a high stony hill just below the famed old Cathar fortress of Queribus. 10 acres are planted with 20-25 years old vines, with vines in remaining acreage averaging more than 60 years in age. Thahe name Serge & Nicolas comes from vigneron (vine gower), Serge Soulatge, who tends to Dan’s vines and winemaker Nicolas Burger of La Tautavelloise, a forward-thinking cooperative located in the village of Tautavel, about 9 miles from Maury and of which Kavitz is a member. If this wine included 20% Syrah and 10% other non-Grenache traditional varieties (Carignan, Cinsault, Mourvedre, etc.), it would be labeled Cotes de Roussilion but, as it does not, must be labeled Vin de PAys des Cotes Catalanes.Cabirau_SergeNicolas_300dpi_Label_thumb

The Wine: Domaine CABIRAU Serge & Nicolas, Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes, 2010 ($9.99) A 14.5% Alcohol 100% Grenache made using a 48 hour cold soak followed by a 3-4 week fermentation at 68°F.  1 to 2 punch downs per day.  Matured in tank (no oak).  Sensory Note:  Red-purple with with well formed legs dry, medium-bodied with freshly balanced  acidity, medium-plus phenolics.    Sweeter and fresher tasting with brighter mostly red fruit. Lovely mix of sweet mostly red fruit (cherry, strawberry, and raspberry with hints of garrigue and sweet spice. Bright and lively. Great everyday red for the price. BearScore: 90+. (Also received a 90 point rating from the Wine Advocate.)

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