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Cabalié ‘Cuvée Vieilles Vignes’ 2016
Pays d’Oc IGP, France

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29 @ 10:30 AM (ET)

One of the most entertaining and influential adventure movies, this swashbuckling classic stars the iconic Errol Flynn and his frequent costar Olivia de Havilland as the legendary Robin and Marian. The intensely concentrated flavors of dark fruit and notes of wild herbs in this red blend work beautifully with Warner Brothers’ Technicolor gem, a sumptuous and rousing box office hit.

THE WINE

Hervé Sabardeil’s Cabalié red wins rave reviews from customers and critics alike. As a special treat for his devoted fans, he’s crafted this special ‘Cuvée Vieilles Vignes.’ Like the regular Cabalié, it’s made in the opulent style of the local reds that bolstered Roman soldiers over 2,000 years ago. The big difference? Handharvested Grenache and Carignan from seriously old vines (aka ‘vieilles vignes’), that are between 60 and 100 years of age. These miserly plants grow few – yet intensely concentrated – grapes, which means Cabalié’s classic, dark-fruit flavor is richer than ever.

THE WINEMAKER

Hervé (below) is a Parker-praised winemaker who uses his extensive knowledge of the local vineyards to select premium grapes from the best sites. Crafted from old vines (which produce richer flavors in the glass), Hervé’s Grenache-based reds exhibit remarkable depth and complexity. And every year, they take top honors – this limited-edition release boasts gold from Gilbert & Gaillard, plus silver from the Concours des Vins Lyon.

THE REGION

WM_HerveSabardiel_barebushvinesA stone’s throw away from both the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees Mountains, the village of Maury is home to some of France’s oldest vineyards (and most gnarled vines, as you can see here!). Two thousand years ago, local wine had pride of place in the cellars of wealthy Roman gourmands. Today, hot and arid Maury is still renowned for rich Grenache wines, fortified and otherwise.

WITH FOOD

lamp_chopsThis rich, powerful Grenache deserves an equally full-flavored meal. In the warmer months, it’s a great match for barbecue – from beef short ribs to lamb chops to grilled summer vegetables. When the weather turns cool, pair it with roasted meats (we love braised lamb shanks), hearty stews, or cassoulet (southern France’s famous meat and bean casserole).

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