2014 Domaine Cabirau "Serge & Nicolas" Maury Sec (Previously $25)
Wine & Spirits
*Wine & Spirits 100 Best Buys of the Year* - In 2007, wine importer Dan Kravitz purchased this 13.5-acre domaine, with Grenache vines dating back 60 years. Today he farms 18 acres, and works with the local cooperative to vinify his wines: Serge Soulatge takes care of the vines, and Nicolas Burger makes the wines. This 2014 blends 60 percent old-vine Grenache with new- and old-vine Carignan and Syrah. It has a lovely transparency to its flavors, the richness of the plummy fruit balanced by fine, ferrous tannins and soft, dark earth. Entirely pretension-free, this is ready to drink now but also capable of aging in the cellar for another five to eight years.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The exceedingly elegant 2014 Maury Sec Serge & Nicolas sports a vibrant, transparent ruby color as well as lots of kirsch, black raspberry, violets, garrigue and potpourri-like aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, silky and layered, with fine tannin, it shows the vintage’s more mid-weight style, yet is perfectly balanced and loaded with charm. Drink it anytime over the coming 4-5 years. (JD)
This open-knit red bursts with plum, ripe blackberry and cherry fruit flavors, woven with herb, licorice, spice and mineral accents. Juicy acidity keeps this fresh through the lingering finish, supported by grippy, integrated tannins. (GS)
Importer Dan Kravitz sold other people's wines for three decades and decided to take the winemaking plunge in 2007 by purchasing his own vines in the region of Maury, a sub-appellation of Roussillon. Starting with 13.5 acres of Grenache, his holdings have blossomed to 18 acres and now include Syrah and Carignan. All of his vineyards are planted on steep slopes of schist, which translates well to minerality in the wines. The Maury is composed of his oldest Grenache vines on the steepest slopes with the rest made up of Carignan and Syrah.