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Vacqueyras

Appellation d'origine protégée

The vineyards of Vacqueyras spread between garrigue and stones. This terroir gives birth to a wine with character, lots of red fruit aromas and elegant tanins.

Vacqueyras
couleur
2013
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In the Southern Rhône Valley the 2013 harvest took place almost a month later than the previous ten-year average. The reason being an especially cool Spring season that delayed the vegetative cycle and caused an important «shatter» phenomenon (short flowering) on the Grenache vines, resulting in very reduced yields for this major variety. However the remaining crop ripened perfectly. The Syrah vines did not suffer the same volume problem, resulting in healthy, concentrated juice. The whole offers a very generous and flavourful vintage.

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Vacqueyras
Vintage
2013

Grape Varieties: 

This Vacqueyras is mainly made from Grenache and Syrah grapes. The vines are located in the villages of Vacqueyras and Sarrians on soils of alluvial deposits and stony terraces.

Winemaking: 

Harvest at optimum ripeness. The wine is stored in vats immediately in order to preserve aromas. The fermentation on skins lasts for 3 weeks for an optimal extraction. The temperatures are strictly controlled (28°C maximum). The wine is racked off and undergoes malolactic fermentation. Then it is stored in vats during 8 months and bottled. It is then aged in bottle for 6 months.

Tasting notes: 

Brilliant color with purple highlights. Delicate nose with red fruits and violets aromas. Elegant and silky palate with fruity notes and elegant tannins. A subtly spicy finish.

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Food pairing : Roasted and grilled meat or cheese.

Service temperature : 16°C.
Ageing : 5 to 7 years.

Standing guard at the top of the village, the church of Vacqueyras is named after the apostle Bartholomew.

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