Ah, the Cabalié, now this is one of those strange wines for me, for a long time now, I’ve heard good things about it but until now I haven’t actually tasted it. Well, maybe not exactly true as I seem to remember I may have sampled it at a tasting but this is the first time I’ve opened a bottle of my own and actually sat down and drank it, with and without food.
One of Laithwaites best sellers and most loved wines, made by award-winning winemaker Hervé Sabardeil in the south of France. This is the big brother version of the entry-level Cabalié, the cuvée is made with old vines (Vieilles Vignes) ranging from 60 to 100 years old.
Cabalié Cuvée Vieilles Vignes 2020
A blend of Grenache 60% and Carignan 40%, made with old vines. They don’t call it ‘The Mighty Cabalié’ for nothing, you only have to pour this into the glass to know straight away what this wine is going to be like, it’s inky with heady aromas of very ripe cherries, blackcurrants and a whiff of raspberries.
Taste-wise that intenseness carries on, the ripeness of the fruit come through giving it a smooth sweetish flavour but in my opinion not overly jammy, there’s cassis and a touch of peppery spice along with vanilla, and dark chocolate. Still with some bright acidity, moderate tannins and surprisingly only 13.5% abv.
I drank this on its own first and then with food and to be honest it was fine either way, a lovely wine, maybe a touch sweet for some but it certainly sells well and I can understand why.