sabourin roseI have no idea where this wine comes from. The producer is dubious – according to the back of the label, it’s Producteurs Réunis de Cébazan. But that simply translates as wine cooperative of Cébezan, which is a village in the Herault area of South-Western France. But that’s a winery that doesn’t seem to exist, and I can’t get a reliable Google hit on Cuvee Sabourin anywhere. It’s one of those made-by-nobody, who-knows-what, non-descript wines that is meant to baffle you so much that you don’t realise you are paying $10 for a $3 wine. It says pays d’Herault on the label, but to be honest, I think they could print anything there, because it’s probably not sold anywhere that people would know or care what that means.

Not only do I not know where it comes from, but I don’t know what it is. It’s a rose, yes, but I don’t know what grapes it’s made of, what the quantities are, and, to be honest, for all I know, it could contain apple and blackcurrant juice, because that’s what it tastes like. I’ve never, ever, come across cassis in a rose, but it’s here in buckets. And to be honest, I don’t care what it is, or where it came from, because it’s very cheap and actually quite drinkable.

Beautiful pigeon-eye colour. Nose pungent and condensed with plenty of cassis, red apples and the slightest hint of grapefruit. Palate is delightfully crisp, loaded with sweet berry fruit up front, and despite a shallow middle palate, finishes quite boldly with lingering spice and citrus. One of the best roses I’ve bought in Dubai at this price in a long lime.

Drink now
13/20
32 AED plus tax, purchased at MMI

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  1. It’s bottled by MMI directly which is why it is so very vague, this is a wine that they print their own labels for various restaurants so you will probably come across this in many different incarnations across the dubai restaurant scene, i know the burj khalifa stock it, labelled as their own at a hefty markup!

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