Exploring wine country: Chateau Cabrieres

Entrance to the chateau

On October 19th our ABC wine team visited Chateau Cabrières in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  I had previously tasted couple of different vintages from Cabrières on several occasions and was well aware of the great quality of the wine made here, yet was pleasantly surprised to see a picture of a bottle of Chateau Cabrières on the cover page of “La Revue des Vins de France”, France’s most prestigious wine publication. Huge recognition by the experts to the passion and commitment to quality of the Arnaud family, owners of Cabrières for three generations.

Current vintage from Ch. Cabrieres and the cover of Le Revue

While waiting for the exciting 2009 and 2010 vintages tasted from the barrel (2010 was still fermenting) we currently have available at ABC the best vintage to date in the Southern Rhone, 2007.

Two cuvees are available in the 2007; a Classic cuvee ($29.99) made from fruit from 55-year old vines and a Prestige cuvee ($44.99) made from fruit from vines planted in 1904.

Châteauneuf-du Pape remains my favorite wine for the holiday table and also makes a great gift.

1973 cdp 105-year old vines in Cabrieres
From left: 1973 vintage Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 105-year-old vines in Cabrieres

–Atanas Nechkov, Wine Supervisor, Central Florida

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