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Domaine de Longue Toque

Vacqueyras

Appellation d'origine protégée

Of the 27 ha (67 acres) of vineyards, 6ha (17 acres) are in the AOP Vacqueyras. The different plots are spread out between Sarrians and Vacqueyras, on two distinctive terroirs producing elegant & structured wines.

Vasqueyras
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2012
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After a dry and cold winter, the rainy spring covered the deficit in water. Strong thermal amplitudes in April and May. The Mistral wind and the rain of end August caused a drop in temperatures and grapes matured slowly. We have waited until the 24th of September to harvest at optimum maturity.

Yield : 27hl/ha

Rewards

88   Wine Spectator

92   Wine Advocate - Robert Parker  

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Vacqueyras
Vintage
2012

Grape Varieties: 

  • 83% Grenache
  • 17% Syrah

Terroir: 

Grenache in sandy marl of the Miocene period. Syrah from the “Garrigue” zone, on alluvial terraces near the Ouvèze river (Quaternary period). This blend of grape varieties and soils gives structured wines, with typical aromas of spice and “garrigue”

Winemaking: 

Manual harvesting. Crushed and destemmed. Light pump-overs during prefermentation.

4 “rack-and-return”, then 1 pump-over per day during the 21-day maceration. Runoff and separation of the free-flow and press wines. Malolatic fermentation. Reintroduction of a portion of the press wine during the blending process. 6 months elevage : the Grenache in tank and the Syrah in barrel.

Bottled at the Domaine on July, 11th 2013.

Production : 9.000 bottles.

Tasting notes: 

Rich purple hue. Cherry and strawberry on the nose which carry through the palate,
together with spicy and “garrigue” aromas, typical of the terroir. Well-structured
with smooth tannins. The finale is fresh and appetizing (May 2014).

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

16-18°C (60-65°F)

Roast Pigeon with vegetables
Braised lamb

Optimum maturity : 2015-2020

« Showing the vintage purity and suppleness nicely, this 2012 Vacqueyras is elegant and should have 7-8 years of longevity” Jeb Dunnuck – Robert Parker/The Wine Advocate

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