Woodsy Elegance: Dark New Southern Rhône Red. $18

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. (Yesterday’s “magical” 2017 Grand Cru Chablis would qualify.)

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’s a wine you don’t need to think hard about to enjoy.



Goubert’s Sablet is the house red for many of our readers and friends. It shows the same dark intensity of Goubert’s popular Côtes du Rhône, but with an added dose of refinement. The increased percentage of grenache gives it a brighter feel with easily approachable tannins. The 2017 is smooth and refreshing — at 13.5% alcohol it’s nicely balanced, showing raspberry and strawberry 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.



Goubert Sablet 2017
bottle price: $18

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