Rich, Rugged New Southern Rhône Red. $16

Easy.  Some wines we import are meant for grand occasions. These are the famous wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne, bottles to pull from the back of the cellar when the moment is significant. Special moments call for special wines to match.

Today’s offer is not that sort of wine. The Sablet from the Domaine les Goubert fits best in an unexceptional moment — something to reach for after a long day of work, or a cozy companion for that new season on Netflix. It hits a sweet spot between balance, versatility and price. It is a wine you don’t need to think hard about to enjoy.



By-the-glass.  Goubert’s Sablet is the house red for many of our readers and friends. It’s a Côtes du Rhône Villages, a notch up from Côtes du Rhône — it’s hearty and full of flavor, but nicely polished and without anything out of place. The 2016 is cool and refreshing — at 13.5% alcohol it’s nicely balanced, showing dark raspberry fruits, hints of leather and tobacco, and a round smooth finish.

Food isn’t necessary with Sablet — it’s a perfect by-the-glass wine that drinks well right out of the bottle — but it also pairs easily with something from the kitchen. We serve the Sablet with everything from spicy garlic pasta (cool the wine a bit before serving), to a hearty soup with a crusty piece of bread.

Goubert’s Sablet won’t win prizes for profundity or longevity, but it’s among the most popular wines we’ve ever imported. Save the $200 Grand Crus for anniversaries and birthdays — Goubert’s Sablet will fit just about everywhere else.



Goubert Sablet 2016

Ansonia Retail: $20
6+ bottle price : $16/bot


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