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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
2017
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2017 is a promissing vintage of the past few years with wines that are particularly elegant and harmonious, with superb, concentrated aromas and a solid ageing potential. The weather conditions during the growing season were difficult and extreme, resulting in a challenging task at harvest time. The high temperatures and almost total lack of rainfall since Springtime brought the harvest date forward by almost 10 days in many regions. Although these extreme conditions impacted heavily on the size of the harvest, with one of the smallest in the last 60 years, the quality is exceptional.
Rewards
92-94   Jeb Dunnuck
 
etiquette
Vacqueyras
Vintage
2017

Grape Varieties: 

60% Grenache
40% Syrah

Terroir: 

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

Winemaking: 

Harvest of the Syrah grapes started on September 8th and Grenache grapes on September 20th. 13 months ageing in 275 liter Laurus barrels (new and one-year).
 
6 274 bottles, 219 magnums and 16 jeroboams produced
Bottled on June 6th 2019
Vegan Friendly

 

Tasting notes: 

"This cuvée has been on fire of late and is up with the crème de la crème in just about every vintage. The 2017 Vacqueyras Laurus reveals a deep purple color as well as a big nose of blackcurrants, blackberries, peppery garrigue, and spice box. Medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, and with ripe tannins, it’s a fleshy, exuberant, downright sexy Southern Rhône that will keep for upwards of a decade." Jeb Dunnuck, September 2019

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Serve at around 16° to 18°C. Open an hour before tasting.
Best enjoyed between 2019 and 2027
Alc. by vol.  15%
 
Lamb shoulder stuffed with spinach and sweet spices
Deer steak with morels

Age of vines & yield: 

35 to 40 on average – 27hl/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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