92 Point Rhone Red for $11.95 – Domaine Cabirau Cotes du Roussillon

November 17, 2014 90+ BargainsUnder $12 Deals  No comments


Value seekers need to discover the Roussillon appellation of the southern Rhone Valley fast!  Where else in the world can you find highly rated reds for less than $15?

Today’s wine is from a winery recently purchased by successful importer Dan Kravitz.  This is one of the best wines in the world for the price.  It features bright red fruits on the nose and sweet strawberry on the palate accented by superb minerality.  The super long finish speaks to the quality of the old vines Grenache.  That grape combined with smaller amounts of Carignan and Syrah, create a complex and incredibly polished wine at any price.  At $12, it’s frankly incredible.  Furthermore, this wine is bottled under screwcap so it will remain fresh and will be without the risk of cork taint.  Bravo to this case worthy buy!

Buy Here: Cabirau 2012 Cotes du Roussillon Malgre les Functionnaires $11.95

Wine Advocate 92 points

A blend of Grenache with around 20% Syrah and 10% Carignan, the Cabirau 2012 Cotes du Roussillon Malgre les Functionnaires delivers lusciously ripe black raspberry laced with sage, horehound and smoky black tea, and garlanded with heliotrope. As usual with this cuvee, there is a brightness and seed-crunching “ping” that convey energy and invigoration to an infectiously juicy finish. Here is a stupendous value that projects distinctive Roussillon virtues including downright dynamic interactivity. I suspect that it will show well for the better part of the decade if not beyond.

Importer-proprietor Dan Kravitz has once again scored terrific success – and you will score astonishing values! – with his latest Domaine Cabirau bottlings, vinified and raised under the auspices of Nicolas Burger at the Tautavel Vingrau coop of which Kravitz is also a member. He notes that even with what he considered aggressive crop-dropping, yields on his vines were 37 hectoliters per hectare in 2011, making this far-and-away his most (indeed, first) generous vintage to date. Needless to say, though – as witness my notes and scores – Kravitz and his vines rose to the challenges of 2010 and 2012 as well!

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