2012 Domaine de Verquière Côtes du Rhône-Villages Sablet

SKU #1216785 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet is a fruity, jammy, Provençal effort that has straightforward cherry, garrigue and hints of leather to go with medium-bodied richness and depth. Drink it over the coming couple of years. (JD)  (1/2015)

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The Verquiere estate has been passed down from father to son for many generations and is now managed by brothers Romain and Thibaut Chamfort. Following age-old traditions, as well as sustainable practices, the estate was recently certified organic. The Sablet is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault, grown on clay-limestone soils in the hills surrounding the village. Verquiere recently returned to us after a long hiatus and we are pleased to have them back.

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/28/2015 | Send Email
It’s been over 10 years, but one of our great Direct Imports has returned to the fold. We began working with Domaine de Verquière in the late 1990s. But as things often go, they departed in 2003 for an importer that offered larger distribution. We remained a fan of the wines, and when the opportunity arose to visit them on this year’s Rhône trip, we jumped at the chance to taste through their new offerings. What a treat: all the wines delivered on the promise of classic Rhône character with great regional typicity. The Sablet comes from the home vineyards. We drove up to visit the site, which was a little treacherous for my poor little Toyota compact. We managed to make it safely up to about 300 meters and see the beautiful terroir. The east-facing vineyard is in a bowlshaped convex, overlooking the hills of Gigondas. It is a remarkable site. The hillside fruit is planted on primarily clay-limestone soils. It has the higher elevation quality with its more floral, spice box nuances. The wine has ripe fruit but shows restraint. It is an elegant Rhône, to be sure.

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Rhone Blends

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France

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Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 14
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