Domaine la Roubine Sablet 2016

The growing season was warm during the day, but cool at night, with an unusually large diurnal swing, leading to slow, even ripening across all varietals while maintaining acidity. Reds are laden with fruit, yet extremely racy and fresh in feel. A truly rare vintage (99) THE WINE SPECTACTOR

2016 has produced exceptional wines in the Southern Rhone which seem to possess a purity of fruit and a silky texture I love in Grenache. While 2015 was defined by power, 2016 is defined by its freshness and energy which I argue make the wines eminently drinkable instead of simply powerful and overwhelming. I love this vintage.

I’ve always loved Roubine‚Äôs ability to capture the silken texture and wonderful wild perfume of Grenache and marry it seamlessly with a touch of clean rusticity and ferrous elements in their wines – anyone can make clean and pure Grenache – but the sense of place in Roubine’s wines always shines through.

Domaine de la Roubine La Grange de Briguieres Sablet 2016 is made by Eric and Sophie Ughetto at their tiny base in the southern Rhone village of Gigondas. The domaine is often overlooked in the press and this estate makes clean, fresh wines which fly largely under the radar which have an underlying ferrous quality and a hint of rusticity adding complexity beyond the normal Cotes du Rhone appellation. This is a sure bet to keep you warm this winter.