Cabalié Cuvée Vieilles Vignes

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

Cabalié Cuvée Vieilles Vignes

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.

Cabalié Cuvée Vieilles Vignes £14.99 (£12.99 mix 12 or more)

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2 thoughts on “Cabalié Cuvée Vieilles Vignes

  1. I can’t remember how long ago it was that I first encountered the basic white label Cabalie, maybe 6 to 7 years now, the 2014 vintage, (I could tell exactly if I went to CuveeReserve because I left a review there!), and I’ll say it was in a mixed case I had from Laithwaites. I’d never do that now, a mixed case of reds, nor purchase from Laithwaites at all, except on the very odd occasion I take an offer through the Radio Times of some Laithwaites Sauvignon Blancs or Roses (in the summer, discounted prices and free delivery)! I think the basic one used to be around £6 in those days. Then the black label vieilles vignes turned up a while later and that was a much more intense affair. Maybe around the £11 mark but I’m sure I got some decent discounting and it wasn’t much more than £9 that I thought very fair for what it delivered. have not had any now in several years. Quite a price it’s gone up too.

    1. Thanks for that Eddie, I agree the price has jumped, now £14.99 single bottle or £12.99 if you buy 12 bottles (mixed) or more. I thought it was a step up from the entry-level white label, but can I justify buying it again at the current price, I don’t know, maybe not. It’s a nice enough wine for its style and I enjoyed it, just wish it was a little cheaper, It’s one of their big sellers though so a lot of people do like it and I’m sure it will continue to be popular.

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