Old Reliable: a Favorite Rhône Red Returns

Some wines just hit a sweet spot between price and quality. All the way back to our brick and mortar days in Dupont Circle in Washington DC, the Goubert Sablet has been among the best sellers in our lineup. When we left it off our order last fall, we had half a dozen customers write in to express concern.

It’s not the fanciest wine in our cellar — it’s not even the fanciest Côtes du Rhône. But there’s something about the balance of fruit, earth, texture, acidity, tannin and price that make it a winning combination. We’ve just restocked on the 2017, and it’s as solid and reliable as ever.

Gouert’s Sablet 2017 is at once dark and refreshing: the nose is a blend of wild cherries, lavender, blackberry jam, and cloves. In the mouth the fruits are red perfectly ripe, with beautiful freshness and a clean, spiced finish. The weight is perfect: rounded tannins, mouth-coating fruit, solid supporting acidity, and a mouthwatering finale.

We serve this with everything and with nothing. Pasta with garlic, pepper flakes, and too much parmesan is a favorite; but it’s right for almost everything. Serve it a bit cooled — it’ll be the tastiest $3.80 glass of red you’ve had in a while.


Goubert Sablet 2017
bottle price: $18

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