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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
couleur
2014
Freshness & Balance
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After a somewhat damp and wet winter, Spring was particularly dry and warm. The vegetative cycle took a leap forward, hinting at a potentially early harvest. Then Summer arrived with quite a lot of rain and cool temperatures, slowing down the ripening process. Finally, an Indian Summer set in around the end of August/beginning of September, allowing the maturities to progress while maintaining very good acidity.
Harvest on the estate commenced on the 15th September.
Rewards
15.5/20   Jancis Robinson  
90-92    Vinous - Josh Raynolds
89      Wine Advocate - Rober Parker
4*     Decanter - John Livingstone-Learmonth
etiquette
Vacqueyras
Vintage
2014

Grape Varieties: 

55% Grenache
45% Syrah

Terroir: 

The vineyards are located both on the alluvial terrace called “Les Garrigues”, West of the village, littered with pebbles and stones of the Quaternary period, and the gentle slopes of gravel-covered marl and sandy loam of the Miocene period South and West of the village. These two terroirs favour a balanced growth of the vine and deliver a rich aromatic palate.

Winemaking: 

Crushing and destemming. Light pump-over during a pre-fermentation soak. Rack-and-return duing the fermentation process. 20 days of maceration. Separation of the free run and the press wine. Malolactic fermentation. 6 months of aging in tank for the Grenache and in barrel (mixed age level) for the Syrah.
Production: 10 573 bottles
Bottled at the estate 20th May 2015
Vegan Friendly.

Tasting notes: 

"...the 2014 Vacqueyras has lots of Provencal herbs, violets, pepper and sweet Grenache fruit in a medium-bodied, forward and balanced style that will be hard to resist on release. The winemaking is impeccable and it will be a solid value geared for near term drinking." - Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker - Wine Advocate, 9th Nov. 2015

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Serve at around 16° to 18°. Recommend opening an hour before serving.
Best enjoyed between 2016 and 2022
Alc. by vol.: 15%
 
Shoulder of lamb with garlic and herbes de Provence
Guinea fowl curry

Age of vines & yield: 

Grenache 23 years
Syrah 12 years
29hl/ha

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

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