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Built on a sandy mound from which it takes its name (sable = sand),

this village, like its close neighbour Séguret, invites you to relax and take it easy as you stroll from one little square to the next, through winding lanes and up quaint little stairways with uneven stone steps. Its gently sloping, drawn-out vineyards grow in sandy soils, decalcified red clays and gravelly pebbles of various sizes. Over the years, the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains – at the foot of which the village lies – have been the silent witness to Sablet’s rising fortunes.

From its 300 hectares of vineyard, Sablet makes chiefly red wines, from Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. White wine production continues to progress, however, and now accounts for some 10% of total production, depending on the vintage.

Sablet
Flavors

Varietals & flavours

Sablet’s red blends must contain at least 40% Grenache, supplemented by at least 25% Syrah and/or Mourvèdre. Other permitted varieties may not exceed 20%. The wines are full-bodied with aromas of ripe black fruit, violets and dried fruit and nuts.

Rosés make up only a small part of Sablet’s production, and are perfect to serve with food. They must contain a minimum of 40% Grenache, plus at least 25% Syrah and/or Mourvèdre. White varieties (Grenache, Clairette, Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Viognier) may not exceed 20% of any blend.

White blends must be made up of at least 80 % white Grenache, Clairette white, Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Viognier. Sablet white wines are well-structured and show notes of vanilla and spice.

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History

1974
1974

Birth of AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet

The earliest evidence of human habitation here dates back to Roman times. Winegrowing was introduced by the Counts of Toulouse, then continued to grow from strength to strength during the reign of the Avignon Popes in the 14th century. Growth progressed until the 19th century, when the vineyards were decimated by phylloxera. As a complete coincidence, a Sablet inhabitant invented the grafting machine that led to its revival. Sablet was elevated to Côtes du Rhône Villages with geographic name status in 1974.

The village is famous for its Book Festival, taking place every year on the third weekend in July and attracting writers, booksellers, binders, illustrators and wine- growers. Bringing together books and wine is an interesting initiative – an opportunity for visitors to relax, learn, and taste the wines made by Sablet’s wine producers specially for the occasion.

Geography

Territory

The vineyards lie in the commune of Sablet, adjoining those of Gigondas in the northern part of the Dentelles de Montmirail.

Climate

Mediterranean type influenced by the Mistral wind.

Soils

A particular geology

Sand and decalcified red clay mixed with pebbles of various sizes; red sandstone.

Key figures

Key figures of the appellation

91% red
1% rosé
8%

Couleurs

32 hl/ha

Rendement moyen annuel

373 ha

Production totale

12 063 hl

Production totale

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