Dom. Verquieres Vacqueyras 2007
Rhone Red Blends from Vacqueyras, Rhone, France
With a strong rubis color, this Vacqueyras is well balanced. It has a well developed bouquet of small red fruits and it pleasantly lingers on the palate. It can be kept up to 10 years.
International Wine Cellar - "(70% grenache, 20% syrah and 10% cinsault) Vivid ruby. Exotically perfumed scents of black raspberry, spicecake and lavender. Juicy red fruit flavors are complemented by candied flowers and lifted by zesty minerality. The finish repeats the sweet floral quality and lingers impressively. I really like this wine's balance and clarity."
Domaine Verquieres Winery
Domaine de Verquiere established its reputation thanks to the work and the know-how of several generations. When he was young, Grandfather Edmond bought the buildings to which he gave life again. He used to sell his wines in big barrels to the best wine-merchants of the area. Father Louis, with dynamism, gave a new impulse to the domain by selling the wines in bottles and by extending the estate. On his steps, his son Bernard took over, respecting the quality of the wines and increasing the sales through export.
This peaceful country house, which is a rural provençale farm, delights the visitor with its setting of greenness. Their children and grandchildren were born and grew up there. Their attachment to these old walls is real.
Sheltered by the medieval village, the wine-cellar faces south. In the background, the Dentelles de Montmirail overlook the vineyard of the estate.
Its two sons Romain and Thibaut come to shoulder it and are the hope of the continuity and the vitality of the family company View all Domaine Verquieres Wines
About Vacqueyras(vah-keh-rahs) 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.
Notable FactsLike other Southern Rhone wine, Grenache is the main player here, and a minimum of 50% of the varietal is required, allowing the blend more room for varietals like Syrah and Mourvedre. Often found for good value prices, these wines are perfect for hearty meat stews and herb-based dishes.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.