* ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE
Reviewer : Jeb Dunnuck
Source: eRobertParker.com #218 April 2015
A relatively new estate for me, Mas Gabinèle is located in Faugères and is run by Thierry Rodriguez. I was only able to taste a single wine from him last year, and was thrilled to see more wines this year. I was blown away by his latest releases, and these are full-scaled, flavor loaded and concentrated effort that deliver tons of textural richness, yet stay balanced, fresh and highly drinkable. I think the majority will benefit from cellaring and age gracefully. In addition, the quality here is consistent, with superb wines in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Count me a fan, but unfortunately, I don’t believe they’re brought into the US. Nevertheless, keep these guys on your radar as they’re making terrific wines.
∙ AOC Faugères Mas Gabinèle Rarissime Red 2013 ($55.00) : score 91- 93+
Tasted as a barrel sample, the 2013 Faugères Rarissime is similar to the 2012 with its bitter herbs, vanilla, spice and sweet black cherry and black raspberry fruit. Glass staining purple in color, with full-bodied richness, gorgeous purity and a fresh, focused profile that will allow it to age gracefully, it should benefit from short term cellaring and have 10-15 years of longevity.
∙ AOC Faugères Mas Gabinèle Inaccessible Red 2011 score 94
Another terrific wine, the 2011 Faugères Inaccessible is made from 60% Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah, 20% Grenache, all of which was aged 16 months in 100% new French oak. It offers lots of black fruits, chocolate, coffee bean and wood smoke to go with a voluptuous, rich, concentrated feel on the palate. This is a big, rich and concentrated effort that need bottle age. As with the Rarissime cuvee, give bottles 2-3 years and enjoy over the following decade.
* WINE SPECTATOR MAGAZINE Nov. 30, 2015
∙ AOC Faugères Mas Gabinèle Rarissime Red 2013 : 91
Lush and mouthcoating, with flavors of plum reduction, kirsch and blackberry ganache, supported by notes of hot stone and licorice.
∙ AOC Faugères Mas Gabinèle Inaccessible Red 2011 : 90
* VINALIES INTERNATIONALES 2015
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∙ AOC Faugères Mas Gabinèle Inaccessible Red 2011
Gold Medal & Trophy: best wine (among 1,600) in the Red Wine Category!
This is the supreme award from the reputed Vinalies Internationales competition, crowning wines which have achieved the highest scores in their category.
Cloaked in a silky deep-garnet colour, the 2011 vintage offers an aroma that is both powerful and delicate, suggesting fruit of the forest, prunes, black olives and even hints of tobacco and cocoa. The olfactory impression is immediately confirmed with a powerful, rich and deliciously complex attack on the palate, supported by perfectly smooth tannins which offer wonderful balance between the abundant, but never over-powering presence of alcohol. The initial enthusiasm is upheld and further rewarded with incredible length, offering a gourmet finish with a hint of the very finest chocolate.
* INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE 2015
∙ AOC Faugères Mas Gabinèle Inaccessible Red 2011 Silver Medal
An interesting mix of earth, fruit and spice with a chewy dense core of tannins and notes of minty plums on the finish.
∙ AOC Faugères Mas Gabinèle Rarissime Red 2013 Silver Medal
Very youthful with firm tannins and notes of vanilla dark cherries and ripe blackberries. Intense and complex, will benefit from some time in bottle.
JANCIS ROBINSON - Languedoc-a compilation - Team JR, 22 Sep 2015
∙ AOC Faugères Mas Gabinèle Rarissime Red 2013 : Superior (17)
Beautifully pure fruit, attractive subtle grip, expressive oak. Charred meat and smoke on the finish. Sophisticated and accessible. (RH) 15% Drink 2014-2018
∙ AOC Faugères Mas Gabinèle Inaccessible Red 2011 : Distinguished (16,5)
Cooked black fruit, smoky and layered and lengthy. Baked earth and spice, with a firmly chewy tannic feel. A great example of this style, with better length and complexity than most. (RH) 15% Drink 2014-2018
* GUIDE HACHETTE 2016
∙ VDP Hérault Mas Gabinèle Grenache Gris, old vines 2014 – p.1232
A very pale colour for this discrete yet refined and delicate wine which offers subtle mineral, hawthorn and smoky notes. Pleasant on the palate and well balanced with rounded, refreshing aromas of apricot and white peach. To be enjoyed in 2015-2017 accompanying skate wings with capers.
∙ AOC Faugères Mas Gabinèle Rarissime rouge 2013 - one star, p.715
Thierry Rodriguez bought his first vines from his friend Gabriel Mas, nicknamed ‘Gabinèlà’, the Occitan name for a small wooden hut. Today the vineyard covers some 18 hectares.
This 2013 vintage is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre from very low yield plots. It offers a concentrated and powerful nose, evoking fruit of the forest, black olives and laurel, evolving towards vanilla and red fruit brandy. The palate is balanced, full bodied and rich with refined, elegant tannins. The pleasant, fruity finish offers a delightful conclusion to tasting. A wine that is still quite racy and which will mature well over time. To be enjoyed from 2018 to 2023 with a flambéed fillet of duck.