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 blanc is a blend of 70% Clairette and 30% Grenache Blanc, vinified separately in a combination of stainless steel and barrel, then blended immediately prior to bottling.