Cabalié Cotes Catalanes IGP 2013

Very impressive, raspberry-forward red wine that’s for drinking now.

Wow. What a ripe, delightfully balanced red wine. Exuberantly mouthwatering. Cabalié’s 2013 stuns because the complexity of the aromas you get on the nose are carried through on the palette, but in a whole world away from what you might expect.

The appearance of Cabalié suggests ‘young and fruity’ with its darker-than-life purple rim, somehow looking medium-bodied and full-bodied at the same time. Then on the nose you get this rose bush, near-perfume smell with a faint woo of blackberry fruits. Then a smoky note too. The aroma isn’t hugely intense, but it would be a crime to say it was any less than interesting.

I then expected something quite intense, perhaps floral and Grenache-forward (by which I mean alcohol and not a lot else) when I tasted it.

But you’ll be pleased to know this wine doesn’t care for any of that sorry Grenache character, despite being 70% made up of the stuff. Instead you get those superb, ripe raspberry notes pouring over your whole tongue… and just when the Grenache is about to do it’s trademark boo-boo that succulent Syrah blackberry comes in, giving it a smooth and rounded finish.

The length, too, is very pleasing. And while this review sounds like the wine should be getting 99%+, I’m giving it 85%. Not because it’s lacking, but because it does a bit too much, there’s a little too much fruity stuff going on that you can sometimes be fooled into thinking the aftertaste is sweet.

In moderation, this wine is delightful. But you just can’t drink all too much of it when so much is happening. Which is just a shame when the Cabalié 2013 tastes as great as this.

Also, this is a difficult wine to find. While the 2014 is available from Laithwaites, this 2013 I did find on wine-searcher from the British Airways Wine Club for £10.99.


Serve with…

…a rich, molten chocolate cake (but beware: keep the pudding smooth and bitter rather than overly sweet). Otherwise it’s remarkably versatile, particularly nice with sweet roast potatoes.

BFW Rating


Grenache-dominant blend that achieves surprisingly good balance. A top made red.

Full Bodied

Grenache, Syrah, Carignan

Cotes Catalanes, France



££ (Medium)

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