6-PACK - 4 X SABLET, 1 X VACQUEYRAS, 1 X GIGONDAS
La Roubine is a deeply personal producer for me. I have tried nearly every vintage they have ever produced. They make incredible satisfying Southern Rhone, Grenache-led wines brimming with intensity. They are moorish, plush & concentrated, but with a racy acidity from the sandy soils.
'SABLET' starts off with piercing, upfront black and red fruits on the nose, but these are immediately joined by the brush and herby terroir as well as a good whack of black pepper. The mouthfeel is big and luxurious but not over the top.
'VACQUEYRAS' is gorgeous. Not as gregarious as the Sablet or the Gigondas, but it is a picture of refinement and fine Southern Rhone fruit. Leaning toward a red fruit spectrum, there is a spicy and zesty intensity that is unique to the other wines. It shows great evolution in the glass.
'GIGONDAS' builds on the layered Vacqueyras. A thunderstorm of black fruits and buzzy energy from the acidity on entry is underpinned by generous fragrance that offers up primary fruit flavour and somehow some meatiness as well as brush and herbs. If you like your wines heavy on fruit and flavour this is for you, but it is a poised expression.It is highly structured but even more balanced. Decant before consumption and drink it when it is out and proud. This is Gigondas at its inimitable best. STSWine