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L’Estabel, Languedoc-Cabrières, Grande Cuvee Comtesse Rouge, 2021
Jancis Robinson

L’Estabel, Languedoc-Cabrières, Grande Cuvee Comtesse Rouge, 2021

"Youthful mid crimson. Not as distinctive as the [Estabel] white but with the same freshness and frank appeal. The Grenache seems the most obvious ingredient but the blend is already well integrated. Really healthy, honest house red with no... Read More

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ColourRed

RegionLanguedoc-Roussillon

Grape VarietyGrenache & Syrah

Vintage2021

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeLES621

Style

Medium-Bodied

Light > Full

Languedoc-Roussillon

There’s something very complete about our annual offer of wines from the Languedoc and Roussillon: with whites, rosés and reds, and wonderful fortified wines, the Vins Doux Naturels which are such a speciality of the region, there should be something for all tastes. Secondly, there are wines for every budget; at every level we believe these wines continue to offer terrific...

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Grenache / Garnacha

Grenache / Garnacha 

Grenache grows well in hot, dry regions, though it can develop very high (15 degrees+) alcohol.

As such it is grown principally in Southern France and Spain (as Garnacha). It is usually blended with other varieties in the Southern Rhône and Languedoc (Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsaut and others).

Its flavour usually encompasses the...

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Jancis Robinson

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She writes daily for JancisRobinson.com and weekly for the Financial Times. She is founder-editor of The Oxford Companion...

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L’Estabel, Languedoc-Cabrières, Grande Cuvee Comtesse Rouge, 2021

"Youthful mid crimson. Not as distinctive as the [Estabel] white but with the same freshness and frank appeal. The Grenache seems the most obvious ingredient but the blend is already well integrated. Really healthy, honest house red with no evidence of playing about in the winery. GV .16/20, 2023-2025", Jancis Robinson, MW, jancisrobinson.com, 11th May 2023.

Based on Grenache and Syrah with Cinsault and Mourvèdre. Soft hue. Melting raspberry fruit, very ripe and supple. Just a little of that appealing lifted, perfumed schist note. Manages to be both authentic and extremely easy-drinking; and could be lightly chilled in summer. Now-2024

No-one in this country has heard of the appellation of Languedoc-Cabrières. It’s not surprising, given it’s very small, only 380 hectares, but it was known for good wine as far back as the reign of Louis XIV. It deserves better: like Faugères the soils here are schist-based, although the locals in Cabrières say they are better for vines as the local schist is slightly less acid and more neutral. L’Estabel is the small co-operative, choosing to carry on bottling these two wines in a thin bottle traditionally used here. The Cabrières appellation is only for red wines.

Great choice of good-value wines in the January sales. The website is really easy to use to make up an order. Delivery, as is often the case, was within 24 hours and, as usual, was well-packed.

J Windle

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I've bought a couple of cases recently, and many more in years gone by, and have really enjoyed their selection. They have a good range of interesting wines from some classic and some more…

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Judging by the wines I have had, someone is doing a very good job in selecting the wines to put before the public, and at a very fair price. Delivery from online purchases as also been quick and…

Brian K

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Great company with good service and good prices. Highly recommended.

Albert H

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One of my favourite independents. Been enjoying these special wines for more than 10 years. Always interesting choices, and always great value in the sales!

David M

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This was yet another quick and painless transaction, as I have come to expect from SV&S.

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