Dom. le Couroulu Vacqueyras Vielles Vignes 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.
An excellent match for grilled ribs, roasts and stews of lamb, beef and game.
"An absolute whopper of a Vacqueyras is the 2007 Vacqueyras Vieilles Vignes, which comes from their oldest vines and is a blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah. Licorice, charcoal, blackberry and cassis notes, along with hints of lavender and pepper, jump from the glass of this inky/purple-colored wine. Layered and multi-dimensional, with superb purity, fleshy, concentrated fruit, and perfect balance, this wine has an uncanny ability to be substantial in size but remains surprisingly elegant, with admirable purity. This is a super Vacqueyras to drink over the next 7-8 years.
This is a sensational estate in Vacqueyras owned by Guy Ricard, whose wines have given me enormous pleasure for nearly two decades. The estate owns 40 acres of vineyard and makes two cuvees, both noteworthy."
The Wine Advocate
"Deep ruby. Powerful aromas of dark cherry, cassis and smoky herbs. Much more serious than the classique, with a deeper, darker fruit profile, more body and mounting sweetness. Unlike the basic bottling, this will demand-not just reward-patience. The finish is broad, sweet and very long. I'd stash this away for at least a few years."
International Wine Cellar
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.
Like other Southern Rhone...
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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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