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Gabriel Meffre

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
2016
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After a mild and dry winter, a spring without frost and a particularly hot summer, harvesting began several days later than 2015, with the grape varieties being picked late August/ early September. During the harvest, weather conditions were truly exceptional, with warm clear days, fresh nights and some occasional light rainfall, stretching from early September all the way until the end of October. The sanitary state of the grapes throughout the region was excellent. So, this year again, the 2016 vintage is very qualitative, particularly for southern appellations.

Rewards

91   Vinous Media - Josh Raynolds

89   The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker :"...a supple, easygoing finish."

89-91   Jeb Dunnuck

91       Wine Spectator

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Vacqueyras
Vintage
2016

Grape Varieties: 

This Vacqueyras is mainly made from Grenache and Syrah grapes.

Terroir: 

The vines are located in the villages of Vacqueyras & 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 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 placed in vats during 12 months before bottling. Ageing in bottle for 6 months.

 

Vegan Friendly.

Tasting notes: 

Brilliant color with purple highlights. Rich nose with aromas of cherry, olive and "garrigue". Elegant and silky palate with fruity notes and delicate tannins. A subtly spicy finish.

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

It will pair nicely with polenta with ceps or even a leg of lamb with "provençal" herbs. Enjoy it now and over the next 7 years.

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

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