Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Wine of the Week - Domaine du Terme Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Sablet

This delightful mid-winter red comes from the village of Sablet in the Côtes-du-Rhône. Known for its sandy soils (sable translates to "sand"), wines from here tend to be full-bodied, with dark fruit and spice notes. The Domaine du Terme Sablet is composed of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah with aromatics of wild berries and currants that meld with spices on a bright, clean palate.

Located in the foothills of the Montmirail Mountains, Domaine du Terme is managed by Anne-Marie Gaudin and her father Rolland, who purchased their first vines in Sablet some forty years ago. Anne-Marie began making the wines in 1987 after earning her oenology degree in Mâcon. Her father, Rolland, who has also been the mayor of Gigondas for over a decade, still consults in the vinification and viticulture process. Anne-Marie believes one must be “flexible, pragmatic, and intuitive” to make quality wine, and have a good connection to the earth. Gaudin does not use any pesticides or herbicides as a matter of course, but not necessarily because she wants to be identified with the organic movement. She simply believes that the best grapes come from the best management of the vineyard. As a result her wines are rich, textured, and exceptionally pure.

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