The backbone of the Syrah and Carignan ally perfectly with the opulent Grenache, giving a wine of intense black fruit flavors, redolent of mountain herbs.
Approachable now, this wine will accompany fine meals of lamb, wild birds or game for years to come.
"Vinified under the supervision of the Domaine de l'Edre's Jacques Castany and Pascal Dieunidou the Cabirau 2008 Cotes du Roussillon Malgre les Functionnaires ("In Spite of the Civil Servants") combines Grenache with smaller, barrel-raised portions of Syrah and Carignan. Violets, blackberries, beef marrow, rosemary, and black pepper set the stage aromatically. A rich mouthful of beet and beef juices, blackberries, and cherries follows, tinged with black pepper, iodine, crushed stone, and pungent herbs. This palate-staining concentrate retains wonderful brightness and invigoration, and should be worth following for 6-8 years. Range: 91-92
The Wine Advocate