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.