Robert Parker 95
"This small estate was purchased by importer Dan Kravitz, and the early releases have exhibited considerable promise. The star at Domaine Cabirau is the 2011 Maury Sec. There are 500 cases of this blend of equal parts Grenache, Syrah and Carignan. I had it in a blind tasting with other Roussillon, Southern Rhone and Catalan wines selling for as much as ten times the price of this wine. This Maury Sec, which came in third out of eleven of these highly rated wines, blew me away. An opaque ruby/purple color is followed by a stunning nose of camphor, acacia flowers, blueberries and blackberries, full-bodied richness, stunning purity, and a long, heady finish. This great value is capable of lasting for another 5-10 years, possibly longer. I have no experience with this estate’s potential longevity, but this is a big time winner. Dan Kravitz has hit a home run with this cuvee."
Wine Advocate 93
"With the advent of a new appellation for showcasing Maury vines in dry wine, Dan Kravitz elected to blend fruit from his oldest Grenache vines – previously bottled pure under nicknames taken from his vineyard collaborators (most recently vineyard manager Serge Soulatge and winemaking collaborator Nicolas Burger) – with other cepages as required by the new appellation’s rules, so that the Cabirau 2011 Maury Sec Serge & Nicolas ends up coming close to the typical encepagement of this estate’s Cotes du Roussillon bottling. It also comes pretty close to the most unbelievable value I can recall from a region where red wine values are legion! New this year, too, is that the young wines underwent their malo-lactic transformation in two and three year old demi muids. The nose here is the epitome of schistic Maury in its smoky (no doubt to some extent reductive) evocations of crushed stone, smoked meat, resinous herbs and black tea allied to sweetly-ripe, succulent profusion of cassis, black raspberry, and blueberry. There is a wonderful sense of polish here allied to underlying firmness as well as almost electric energy. Mouthwatering salinity adds to the irresistible appeal of a torrential finish rushing across a bed of stone, from which you pick yourself up eager to savor and explore the next sip. Don’t miss a chance to follow this through at least 2020!"~DS
Wine Enthusiast 90
"Ripe, jammy black-fruit sensations dominate the nose and mouth of this wine, with lush, expressive notes of blackberry, black raspberry and boysenberry preserves. The texture is like crushed satin, with medium-plus yet fine tannins and a cocoa-kissed finish. Enjoyable now, but should develop additional complexities after 2016."~LB
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