Arnoux et Fils Jean Marie Vacqueyras 2007
Rhone Red Blends from Vacqueyras, Rhone, France
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Made from established vines grown on a stony plateau, the red Vacqueyras Vieux Clocher is distinguished by its strength, its virility and the finesse of its aromas. From its first year, it will fill you with wonder at its delicate purple colour with hints of violet, and its aromas of red fruits. Depending on the year, one can savour hints of underwood and spices. After 2-3 years of laying down, it is finer and its taste more developed. Around 5 years of age it will have achieved a lovely maturity and will honour your red meats, white meats in sauce, cold meats and cheeses.
"The 2007 Vacqueyras Jean-Marie Arnoux is superb. Its blend is somewhat different, with the Grenache dominating (70%), but 25% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre, all from 50-year or older vines included. This stunning wine exhibits a dense purple color along with abundant quantities of blackberry fruit, pepper, bouquet garni, spice box, and meaty notes. Full-bodied and opulent, it is a superior Vacqueyras from a great vintage. All these 2007s merit serious attention. Range: 91-93"
The Wine Advocate
"(two-thirds grenache and one-third syrah) Deep red. Complex, exotically perfumed nose offers fresh red berries, cherry-cola, apricot and spices. Then suave and pliant in the mouth, with deep, sweet dark berry and floral character and a velvety texture. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and very good persistence. This sexy wine offers immediate drinkability."
International Wine Cellar
This definitely stands out over other Rhone blends under $20. I'm hunting for more on the net. RP can tell you what it tastes like.
You cant find a southern Rhone that drinks this well for the price. Hope the next vintage holds up.
4.5. Great wine. Super dark color. Full-bodied and rich. Wish I'd bought more.
A bit light on the nose, but the palate has a smooth mouth feel with a long if slightly tart finish. Has red fruits, lots of earth and spice, and balanced. Nice acidity that matches up well with food.
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Learn About Arnoux et Fils
Since 1717, the cultivation of the vine is perpetuated in our family. This tradition and this heritage has become a passion. Even today, we produce our wines in the greatest respect for ancestral traditions, to be able to offer and you return all the authentic flavors of our land. The homestead covers 40 hectares on the plateau Garrigues, a plateau to the west of the appellation, and extends to Chateauneuf du Pape. These soils are prone to low yields of highly concentrated grapes tannins and aromas.
Learn About Vacqueyras
Once just a Cotes-du-Rhone village, the wine of Vacqueyras made its mark and in 1990, gaining its own appellation. The wine is somewhat similar to its northern neighbor, Gigondas, and occasionally even more rustic. Vacqueyras wine gives off the flavors of the earth where the vines grow - wild herbs, spice and rocky soil.
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Learn About Rhone Red Blends
The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...
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