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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Dom. La Garrigue Vacqueyras 2004
Dom. La Garrigue Vacqueyras 2004
(search item no. 88966)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"A superb example of a bargain-priced beauty is the 2004 Vacqueyras. This blend of 75% Grenache (50- to 100-year-old vines) and 25% Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsault exhibits a dense plum/purple color as well as a sumptuous nose of roasted herbs, grilled meats, blackberries, sweet jammy cherries, and licorice. Boasting huge flavors, abundant glycerin, and a long, concentrated, pure, lightly tannic finish, it should age for 4-6 years. It reminds me of the top Vacqueyras cuvees from that appellation's benchmark domaine, Sang des Cailloux. There are 1,000 cases of this stunning effort for the U.S. marketplace. Don't miss it! This is a very special wine!" - Wine Advocate
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About Dom. La Garrigue:

Domaine de la Garrigue is one of the oldest estates in the southern Rhone Valley region and is owned by the Bernard family. The family owns one of the most famous restaurants and inns in the area called "Les Florets" which is located on the hillside facing the Dentelles in Gigondas. Fashioning some of the most beautiful bottlings of Vacqueyras, Eric Solomon worked with the property to create a custom cuvee of Cotes du Rhone from de-classified Vacqueyras called "Cuvee Romaine."

The climate in the Southern Rhone is extremely warm in the summer, with consistent temperatures in the 90's during July and August. This makes rich, full-bodied, and spicy wines. The soil is similar to that of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, with massive rocks called "galets" dotting the vineyards. The old bush vines of Garrigue are planted on these "galets" and for most of the vineyards, there is not soil present to the eye, just rock.

This property focuses on making wines with minimal manipulation to let the terroir speak through the wines. The old vines of Domaine de la Garrigue were planted in the late 1940's, just after the Germans left the area following the second World War. Before the war, the area was planted primarily to other crops, including sunflowers and tomatoes. However, the Romans were making wine here centuries ago and shipping it hundreds of miles away. Hence, the cuvee name "Cuvee Romaine".