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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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2013
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A cool and rainy Spring delayed and stretched out the flowering period. A hot summer followed by regular stormy episodes in September allowed to catch up for lost time but resulted in one of the latest harvests on record. The difficult Spring conditions resulted in widespread «shatter», when flowers abort before pollination, which affected almost exclusively the Grenache variety. This resulted in low crop yields and required careful attention to ensure harvesting at the optimum time.
Harvesting started only on the 8th of October. Yields : 25hl/ha (1.32 tons/acre)

Rewards

90   Vinous - Josh Raynolds

88   Wine Advocate - Rober Parker

14.5/20    Guide Bettane & Desseauve  

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Vacqueyras
Vintage
2013

Grape Varieties: 

  • 55% Grenache
  • 45% Syrah

Terroir: 

Grenache on 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 20-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 June, 2014.

Production : 9.000 bottles.

Tasting notes: 

Black cherry colour with purple luminescence. Expressive nose of wild berries and
mild spices. The palate is round with fine-grained tannins. Excellent combination
between the power of the Grenache and the dense black fruit of the Syrah. Long and
elegant finish. (Nov. 2014)

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

16-18°C (60-65°F)

Shoulder of Lamb with herbs de provence and garlic
Curry of Guinea-fowl

Optimum maturity : 2015-2021

Born from sun & Mistral, between Gigondas and Beaumes de Venise, Vacqueyras offers generous & classy wines.

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