Chateau Girabelle comes from the Corbieres region of the Languedoc, in the south of France. Nearly 90% of the wines from here are red. Ros?s are less than 10%, and whites are almost non-existent.
The most widely planted grape here is Syrah. It seems to like the warm weather softened by the breeze coming off the Mediterranean Sea.
Corbieres is the largest wine district in the Languedoc and the fourth-largest wine district in France. It has only been in the last 30 years that this area has become known for great wines. Up until then, most wines weren't even bottled. They were sent by barrel to be sold as blending wines or to restaurants or retailers who would sell to customers by the liter jug.
Today, not one drop is sold in this manner. Thirty years ago, wineries in the area could practically grow any grape they wished. Today, Corbieres-designated wine can only be made from Syrah, Grenache, Carignan or Mourvedre. If any other grapes are used, it can't be legally called Corbieres.
Our selection is a blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache. And it's one of the best we've ever tasted. The Syrah has a silky quality in its texture, with hints of blueberry, earth and bacon. The smokiness does not come from barrels, but from the grape itself.
The Grenache adds spicy, cranberry flavors, mixed with soft cherry and almost a citrusy finish. All in all, a worthy addition to this vastly underrated region.