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Vacqueyras

Appellation d'origine protégée

Plots are selected on the "Garrigue" sector, one of the best of the appellation. Grapes are harvested at perfect maturity to produce a wine of great character, typical of its terroir.

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 picking taking place between early to late 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
91-93 pts   Vinous
90-93 pts   Jeb Dunnuck
****   Drink Rhone
15   Guide Bettane & Dessauve 2020
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Vacqueyras
Vintage
2016

Grape Varieties: 

50% Grenache
50% Syrah

Terroir: 

Our selection commes from the Quaternary alluvial terraces of the "Garrigues", in the Western section of the appellation. This thick layer of gravel, pebbles and red clay provides a rich and generous aromatic pallet.

Winemaking: 

Harvest of the Syrah grapes started on September 9th and Grenache grapes on September 23rd. 13 months ageing in 275 liter Laurus barrels (new and one-year).
Bottled on June 8th 2018.
4016 bottles and 120 magnums produced.

Tasting notes: 

"Youthful violet. Red and blue fruit liqueur aromas are complicated by suggestions of licorice, smoky minerals and star anise. Primary blueberry and black raspberry flavors deepen on the back half while maintaining vivacity. Round, slow-building tannins frame an impressively long, smooth finish that leaves a juicy blue fruit note behind." 

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Serve at around 13° to 15°C (60° to 64°F). Open an hour before tasting.
Best enjoyed between 2018 and 2026
Alc. by vol.  15%
 
Leg of lamb in Provençal style
Duck aiguillettes with raspberry vinegar sauce

Age of vines & yield: 

30 to 40 years on average – 32hl/ha

Nestled between Gigondas & Beaumes de Venise, at the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail, Vacqueyras was one of the firts villages to be recognized for the quality of its wines in 1955, prior to being awarded “Cru des Côtes du Rhône” status in 1990.

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