2014 Domaine Cabirau "Serge & Nicolas" Maury Sec (Previously $25)

SKU #1269997 93 points 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.  (6/2016)

91 points 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)  (4/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (5/2016)

K&L Notes

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.

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By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/2/2016 | Send Email
In a region mostly known for dessert wine, no one expects dry, red table wine to taste this good. The newest vintage of the Serge & Nicolas Maury Sec from Domaine Cabirau is an improvement on the previous vintage in almost every way. Exceptionally well-balanced, this traditional Rhone-style blend shows chewy structure up front, but quickly gives way to the ripened blackberries and cassis that inform the core of this wine's character. What is so striking from here is the delicate subtlety as it reveals compelling nuance and such soft, elegant texture through to the finish, wrapping your taste buds in ripe fruit and warm spices, that you forget how it started. At once structured and exceedingly pretty, this is one of the store's better values.

By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2016 | Send Email
Upon my first glance of this spectacular bottling from Domaine Cabirau, my thoughts instantly went to an odd memory. Days from now, on September 9th, we shall celebrate the 25th anniversary of a television program. Why did I think of this? Because this wine comes from the village of MAURY. And, of course, the aforementioned television show is hosted by a certain Mr. Povich. But more importantly, this wine is finally here, and it is amazing, with purple fruit, scrumptious tannins, and earthiness that persists through the long finish! Pop open a bottle, turn on the TV, and relish in the wonder of MAURY!

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2016 | Send Email
I’ve always enjoyed - and been impressed by - Cabirau wines across the board, but the 2014 Maury Sec is special. Pretty with floral aromatics on the nose, this Grenache-based stunner is both elegant and vibrant with berry fruit, and though more restrained, really shows off the slate soil. There are subtle savory notes at play here, too, making this a killer pairing for roasted vegetables and smoked meats. And I can hardly believe the price! Everything about this is just good.

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2016 | Send Email
An absolutely pleasing wine, vibrant and floral, fruity and elegant. Classic Grenache notes of plums and raspberries, along with herbs and plenty of minerality. It's medium body, and its grippy tannins add a welcoming spicy element to it. A perfect companion to roast chicken and grilled vegetables. A deal!

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2016 | Send Email
A really fruit first Rhone value, the nose on this wine is quite vibrant and I really liked the supple nature on the palate. And while that fruit played itself out, it still had a balanced, dry, clean finish. Perfect for grilled pork chops.
Drink from 2016 to 2020

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2016 | Send Email
Beautiful red wine that is more structured and elegant than last year. The Domaine Cabirau is a lovely mix of bright red fruit alongside darker, richer fruits with floral and mineral notes adding complexity. The acid and tannins in this wine give it lift and length and help to make it a great food wine to keep around the house.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2016 | Send Email
Not long ago, I visited this property just outside the village of Maury. It was obvious to see why importer/vigneron Dan Kravitz was drawn to it. And why he had to purchase the land. The ethereal moonscape of shattered brown schist is a defining characteristic of the appellation as it is scattered everywhere but Dan's vineyards look as if they are composed almost entirely of the stuff. Trying to gain purchase on the hillside to climb to the top was an adventure in and of itself. Great vineyards like this invariably lead to potentially great wines. And, the wines coming out of Cabirau are some of the biggest rock stars in the Roussillon region. The best fruit goes into the Serge & Nicolas. Not only is there depth of fruit in each wine but classic terroir. None are heavy handed but they are polished. I tasted a multi-vintage flight ranging from 2011 to 2014 when I visited, tracing a mini-history of the wine in a row of glassware. Each vintage spoke of the terroir of the region but I think 2014 speaks terroir the loudest. Revisiting this wine, now solidly in bottle for a year, the Serge & Nicolas is loaded with flavors of wild blueberry, roasted plum and garrigue. It is juicy and ripe but focused and balanced. This is a more streamlined version that is great now and should definitely evolve beautifully for a few years down the road. Now, we are one of the biggest supporters of the wines and as such, we have the best price in the country. The normal retail price on this wine is well over $20, but we struck a deal with the importer that lets us get it down to $16. If you're not familiar with the wines of Roussillon or Domaine Cabirau, there is no better place to start than right here.

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Alcohol Content (%): 14.5