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Domaine de Poulvalrel Costieres de Nimes 2006

Rhone Red Blends from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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Winemaker Notes

"Roughly equal parts Syrah and Grenache, the estate's 2006 Costieres de Nimes smells delectably of ripe plums, cassis, and black raspberry with sweetly pungent herbs. The balance of resinous herbs, sweet spices, and black pepper; clean meatiness; and ripe black fruits on display in the mouth is superb, and the purity and clarity of flavors and silkiness of texture remarkable for a wine of its price (and considering that half of the fruit was machine-harvested).... View More

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Domaine de Poulvalrel

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Domaine de Poulvalrel, , France - Other regions
Domaine de Poulvalrel
It is impossible to separate Domaine Poulvalrel from Elizabeth and Pascal Glas. And for good reason. In 2004, after Pascal had worked in various wineries for 25 years, they decided to create their own on family land.

What might have seemed like a crazy idea at the time, it has now turned out to be a well taken gamble. The various wines of the domaine are amongst the "winner" wines of the region and have... View More

Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration...

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is sometimes referred to as the “king” of red grapes. It can be somewhat unapproachable early in its youth but has the potential to age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more at its best. Small berries and tough skins provide its trademark firm tannic grip, while high acidity helps to keep the wine fresh for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region (and in St-Emillion and Pomerol, where it plays a supporting role to Merlot). The top Médoc producers use Cabernet Sauvignon for their wine’s backbone, blending it with Merlot and smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot. On its own, Cabernet Sauvignon has enjoyed great success throughout the world, particularly in the Napa Valley, and is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin, and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice, and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it's typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb, and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.