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Now In-Stock - A Much Anticipated Southern French Value Buy: 2015 Kerbuccio - 12/14/2017 - French Regional Wines

When it comes to crafting category-defining wines of unparalleled value, few have enjoyed such a string of successes as Jean-Marc Lafage. Not a vintage passess without Lafage garnering huge points and tons from accolades from the wine press. One of our favorite, go-to bottlings from this legendary producer is the Saint Roch "Kerbuccio" from the southern French appellation of Maury Sec. A sensuous blend of dark fruit and mineral tones, it is basically a dead-ringer for a much more expensive Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The 2015 version is easily among the best we had, with layer upon layer of richness, depth, and remarkable complexity. At the bargain price of $17.99, this is a perfect choice to load up on and a wine that will reward for many years to come. Perfect for gatherings or as an everyday house red, the Kerbuccio is a sure-fire winner no matter the occasion.

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2015 Château Saint Roch "Kerbuccio" Maury Sec ($17.99)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Sporting a deep, inky color, the 2015 Maury Sec Kerbuccio is fabulous stuff, as well as a smoking value. Blackberry jam, roasted herbs, black licorice, tapenade and saddle leather give way to a rich, concentrated, seamless red that has moderate acidity, sweet tannin and a great finish. The blend is 80% Grenache and 20% Carignan, aged in 50% new demi-muids, and as I said when I tasted it from barrel, its heavenly juice that tastes like it cost three times its price." (12/2017)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A more serious, structured wine than the Vieilles Vignes, the 2015 Maury Sec Kerbuccio is 80% Grenache and 20% Carignan that was brought up in 50% new demi-muids. Deep, rich, concentrated and full-bodied, yet always light on its feet and graceful, it offers fabulous southern France notes of roasted herbs, pepper, licorice and assorted dark fruits. Its heavenly juice that tastes like it cost three times the price. (JD)" (04/2017)

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 12, 2017

Maury is the deep dark flip side to Spain's Priorat. The regions are part of what used to be (any may one day be again) Catalon. They sit on opposite sides of the Pyranees (Priorat in Spain, Maury in France) with a shared cultural heritage which is where the joint characteristics begin. Each region sits on the desirable black-brown slate/schist soils which make the terroir special, both revere the grapes Grenache and Syrah and both regions produce deeply concentrated wines of power and depth. The big distinction though is many of the Priorat wines have reached price points higher than the elevations of their vineyards. Not so much in Maury though. Longer known more for dessert wine production, Maury is still establishing its footing with regards to pricing which has kept costs depressed. That's to our benefit as consumers though because we get so many incredible dry wines for less than $30. Now, throw Jean-Marc Lafage into the mix, who has established himself as one of the great value producers in the whole south of France and you have one of the most exceptional Catalonian buys this year. The Saint Roch property really allows Mr. Lafage the freedom to let his vineyards fully express themselves. The "Kerbuccio" is supple, rich and full of blackberry, currants and fig flavors. The palate is sweet with fruit but has underlying slate notes and structure. There is also an intriguing garrigue (coastal herbs surrounding the vineyards) note that really

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2017

Chateau Saint Roch have become a dependable, affordable go-to wines here at K&L. Never short on fruit, power, and concentration. However this is no simple fruit bomb. Coming from 50+ year old, organically farmed vines, this wine has good structure and minerality to underpin its bold black and blue fruit. Aged in mostly neutral large oak and concrete so there is very little barrel influence to be tasted here and it's not missed one bit. The wine has good purity and depth and is a faithful expression of what this lesser known corner of the wine world can produce at razor sharp prices.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2017

In the Languedoc-Roussillon there is a sub-region called Maury Sec-Remember this name. This is the "hot" region where the best wines are currently hailing from. The quality of wines coming out of the Maury Sec for the cost is mind-blowing and a great example is the 2015 Chateau Saint Roch "Kerbuccio" Maury Sec. A blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Carignan this tastes like a fine Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Loaded with spice, mineral and gorgeous berry fruit notes this is a wine that punches way above its weight. I think I have just found my new house red wine!