Clos du Mont-Olivet, Côtes du Rhône "Vieilles Vignes" 2013
Exceptional quality - a gem from the southern Rhône.
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- Côtes du Rhône
- Grenache 80%, Syrah 10%, Carignane 10%
- Alcohol by Volume
- Cases Produced
- 600 cases
- Now through 2021
With roots that trace back to 1547, the Sabon family sources this 40-year-old-vine blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Carignane from their gravel and clay-pocked estate vineyard in the northern reaches of the southern Rhône, on the border of Vaucluse and Drôme. How the French can produce 600 cases of wine like this and sell it such that I can offer it to you at $15 boggles the mind – if you added a villages appellation to this (such as Vacqueyras or Gigondas), its $30-40/bottle.
A memorable treasure
Though it's difficult, I'm FORCING myself to cellar what I bought, primarily because what limited research I've done indicates the Sabon family is KNOWN for making wines of finesse, elegance, & power ACROSS their portfolio. Factoring in that my research for this indicates the vines are 60-70 years old, I suspect Cam's not at all overstating when he says one can not find such weight & complexity in CA for $15.