The village of Sablet in the Southern Rhone Valley is less well known than Chateauneuf du Pape or even Gigondas but there is no question in my mind that it deserves similar recognition. This shining example of the tremendous quality of the 2016 vintage in Sablet from Domaine de Verquiere is a testament to the kind of seductive elegance and balance that makes this village so special. Bountiful aromas of mid-summer English garden, warm cherry pie filling, pipe tobacco, warm tar, and toasted walnut waft out of the glass with little coaxing. The palate is pure, silky, and clean with a sense of symmetry and balance that stands as undeniable evidence of the brilliance of 2016 throughout the Rhone. Black currants and cassis liqueur are neatly juxtaposed against vine ripened raspberries and strawberry puree to create a palate that offers a wealth of diverse fruit flavors. But that’s not all! Great Cotes du Rhone finishes with mineral, garrigue, and spice and the 92 Point 2016 Verquiere Sablet has them in spades! The finish is clearly defined and exuberantly structured with impressive layers of liquified mineral, cinnamon, anise, and just a kiss of vanilla. Perfect alone or with a hearty meal, the 2016 Verquiere Sablet should deliver plenty of pleasure over the next 3 or 4 years as it continues to mature in bottle.
Food Pairing:I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the 2016 Domaine de Verquiere Sablet then with some little mini puff pastry tarts filled with sauteed mushrooms, gruyere, and thyme. The richness of the pastry and cheese coupled with the earthiness of the mushrooms and thyme is going to provide a fantastic canvass for the wine to express itself.
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