Côtes de Rhône Villages Sablet

Sablet

Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet is a relatively small appellation surrounding the medieval village which is built on a sandy mound. The southern edge of the Sablet appellation borders the cru of Gigondas. As the village name suggests (“sable” = sand) a large part of the terroir is sandy and which produces concentrated but silky reds. The sand also provides freshness which is why Sablet produces a little more white wine (8% of the total) compared to the average of the Rhone (5%). Indeed many producers are continuing to increase their planting of white grape varieties.

The terroir can be split into three distinct types. The majority is gently sloping vineyards of sandy soils, de-calcified red clays and gravelly pebbles which rises from altitude of 112 metres to 419 metres into the beautiful Dentelles de Montmirail hills.

Soils on the Briguières escarpment that borders the Gigondas cru contain more clay and thus a deliver a more fuller-bodied style of red. Below the village the sandier soils mix with clay and large rocks the closer they get to the edge of the flatter Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu appellation.

Viticulture was first developed here by the Counts of Toulouse, and this wine-growing vocation was confirmed in the 14th century by the Avignon popes, then lords of the region. So it continued until the end of the 19th century, when the vineyards were wiped out by phylloxera. But it was an inhabitant of this village (Mr Ledier) who invented the grafting machine that made recovery possible. Sablet was granted its Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation status in 1974.

GRAPE VARIETIES

Grape blends for the appellation’s red wines must consist mainly of Grenache, supplemented by at least 20% Syrah and/or Mourvèdre. Other permitted varieties must not exceed 20%.
The rosés must contain a minimum of 50% Grenache grapes, together with at least 20% Syrah and/or Mourvèdre. White grape varieties (Grenache, Clairette, Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Viognier) may not account for more than 20% of any blend. Where whites are concerned, Grenache blanc, Clairette blanche, Marsanne blanche, Roussanne blanche, Bourboulenc blanc and Viognier blanc must make up at least 80% of the mix. The minimum alcohol content for the reds is 12.5%, for the rosés and whites 12%.

Domaine de Verquière

Domaine la Roubine

Domaine des Espiers

Domaine Chamfort

Domaine de Cabasse

Domaine les Gouberts

Domaine de Boisson

Domaine Cécile Chassagne

Chateau du Trignon