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Clos del Rey - le Sabina - Rouge 2019 (1.5L)

Price: $38.00

Producer Clos del Rey
Country France
Region Roussillon
Subregion Maury Sec
Varietal Grenache Syrah Carignan
Vintage 2019
Sku 000643
ABV 14.50%

In the foothills of the Pyrénées Mountains, not far from the Mediterranean sea, Clos del Rey is situated in the center of almost 900 acres in the tiny village of Maury. The estate was established in 2001, when the market for Maury's fortified wines began to diminish. Jacques Montagné used the opportunity to acquire some of the oldest parcels of Grenache and Carignan in the region with the plan of crafting dry wines. Jacques' son, Julien, grew up among the vines and in the cellar and — after gaining experience in the Languedoc, Rhône and Australia — returned to the estate in 2010 to take the reins from his father. The vineyard itself is nestled among a protected area of garrigues (rosemary, thyme, cistus.) Vines of up to 120 years of age are allowed to grow natural and untrained, in the old-fashioned way, known as the goblet/bush style. Though, it is what lies beneath the vineyard that lends much of the character and complexity found in their wines. An abandoned iron mine resides on the property, imparting red and orange hues to the soils of Clos del Rey, as well as a soft minerality and silky mouthfeel to le Sabina rouge.

Julien Montagné makes complex wines that truly represent his vineyards and his Catalan roots; when drinking them, you can almost feel the Mediterranean sun beaming on your face. Deep purple in color, this gorgeous blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan shows intense aromas of baked black fruits, wild herbs and spice. The palate is full-bodied and concentrated with juicy fruit flavors and a strong mineral core balanced by soft, mouthcoating tannins and a discrete, yet lively, acidity. The finish is persistent and refined, enticing you back to the glass for another flavor-packed sip. Elegant, balanced and dramatic, Julien Montagné doesn't hide his wine behind masks; he employs no tricks. This is a wine made in the vineyards — truly authentic. Enjoy with any style of BBQ meats, as well as grilled or roasted lamb or beef.

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