Sablet

Built on a sandy mound from which it derives its name (sable = sand), this village, like its close neighbour Séguret, invites you to take things easy, as you stroll from one little square to the next via winding lanes and curious stairways with unequal steps. Its gently sloping, drawn-out vineyards are planted in sandy soils, decalcified red clays and gravelly pebbles of various sizes. The Dentelles de Montmirail, at the foot of which the village lies, have been the silent witness to Sablet’s rise to fame over the centuries. Viticulture was first developed here by the Counts of Toulouse, and this wine-growing vocation was confirmed in the 14th century by the Avignon popes, then lords of the region. So it continued until the end of the 19th century, when the vineyards were wiped out by phylloxera. But by a strange quirk of fate, it was an inhabitant of this village who invented the grafting machine that made recovery possible. Sablet was granted its Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation in 1974. The 130 hectares on which vines are currently grown produce mainly red wines, made from blends of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. They are full bodied, with appealing flavours of black-berry fruits, violets and candied fruits. The whites are more than distinguished: well-structured, rich in notes of spice and vanilla. The rosés are no less attractive; robust and chewy, they can be drunk young.

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