Wednesday, 1 February 2012

DOMAINE DE SABBAT

A new estate in Roussillon, in the village of Latour de France. Sylvain Lejeune has bought nine hectares, and made his first wines in 2009. His vines are anything between 40 and 80 years old.

2010 Côtes du Roussillon – A blend of Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc and Maccabeu, fermented in oak. The oak is still quite dominant on the nose, with a rounded oaky palate. A textured wine with lots of development potential and a long finish.

2010 Côtes du Roussillon Villages – 80% Carignan, with Syrah, and unusual for not having any Grenache. Spends four months in wood. Quite a firm peppery nose with some spicy fruit on the palate. Quite a firm oaky streak. The Syrah tempers the Carignan

2009 Côtes du Roussillon Villages, Printemps 1900
A blend of 60% Syrah with 40% Syrah. Spends 12 months in tonneaux. Quite a solid rounded mouthful of wine. Youthful and ripe with good texture. Full-bodied. A long rich finish. A touch of alcohol on the finish. Redolent of the warm south.

2010 Rivesaltes Grenat – pure Grenache Noir. Quite a deep colour. Quite ripe and rounded. Quite intensely sweet, rich and ripe, balanced with a youthful tannic streak.

On first taste, lots of potential and worth a visit.

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