Movie & Wine Pairing


Cabalié ‘Coup de Coeur’ 2017
Pays d’Oc IGP, France

Mogambo (1953)

This “full-bodied fruit bomb” needs an exceptionally colorful film to match its highly aromatic character and powerful flavors. Look no further than director John Ford’s African-shot romantic drama with Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, and Grace Kelly. A reworking of 1932’s Red Dust – a steamy pre-code success that also starred Gable – this alluring adventure film follows a hunter torn between a stranded showgirl (Gardner) and a colleague’s high society wife (Kelly). The story was again a smash hit and helped revive Gable’s career.


Cabalié has long held the title of ‘richest French red in our cellars.’ With a depth of flavor and loyal following few wines can match, it’s truly a “full-bodied fruit bomb” (The Wine Advocate) and a perennial customer favorite. So, we were thrilled when winemaker Hervé Sabardeil (below) offered to make this special Cabalié ‘Coup de Coeur.’ And as you’ll taste, it’s even richer and more indulgent than the regular release.

Hervé has pulled out all the stops for this super cuvée. It’s crafted from carefully selected Grenache and Carignan, grown on ancient vines (some over 100 years old), and aged six months in oak for layers of spicy complexity. Last vintage, Cabalié ‘Coup de Coeur’ debuted to a gold medal from France’s prestigious Gilbert & Gaillard wine guide. The judges’ tasting note says it all: “Appealing nose of blackberry, toast, cocoa, and fine spices. The palate is powerful, well-balanced, and highly aromatic. A very gratifying wine for ribeye steak.” We expect more acclaim for this 2017 edition.


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.


steak_filetmignon_sliced (1)As the Gilbert & Gaillard judges wrote, Cabalié ‘Coup de Coeur’ will be delicious with a juicy cut of steak. It’ll also be tasty alongside other savory red meats, like beef tenderloin, braised venison, or even gourmet burgers topped with caramelized onions. In the cooler months, try it with tomato-sauced pastas or hearty winter stews (made with or without meat).

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