Sablet is a small appellation sandwiched between Gigondas to the south and Séguret to the north. Currently classified as one of the Côtes du Rhône Villages, its syndicat is currently busy lobbying the INAO for promotion to cru status. Unusually, Sablet is responsible for a relatively large percentage of white wine which, given the raised altitude offer a freshness lacking elsewhere in the Southern Rhône.
Loïc Alazard only bottled his first wine in 2015, but already his white and red Sablet’s are among the most impressive in the appellation.
The Sablet rouge is an assemblage of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah with 10% each of Carignan and Mourvèdre. The majority of the wine is vinified in concrete tanks, with 15% raised in old barrels.