Domaine Le Colombier Vacqueyras Cuvee G 2007
Rhone Red Blends from Vacqueyras, Rhone, France
#39 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
This wine, Grenache and Syrah, has a deep dark-red colour with garnet tinges.The Syrah has a deep dark garnet-red color With tinge. The bouquet is very complex : flowers and ripe dark fruits est très complex bouquet: ripe dark fruit and flowers with an harmonious touch of vanilla . With A harmonious touch of vanilla. Finely balanced, the cuvee G show silky tannins and an balanced, The wine "shows silky tannins and exceptional length .
Food recommendations : Match very well with spicy foods like roast lamb with garlic, rosemary and thyme . Aging potential : 10 years.
Wine Spectator - "Smoky, with alluring freshly drawn espresso and bittersweet chocolate notes leading the way for dark, velvety crushed plum, hoisin sauce and maduro tobacco. The long, muscular finish is nicely integrated, with a lingering mineral note. Drink now through 2012."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Vacqueyras Cuvee G, an equal-part blend of Grenache and Syrah aged in barrel, displays a dense ruby/purple color and a big, sweet kiss of blackberry and cassis, along with licorice, graphite, and Provencal herbs. Seductive, full-bodied, and exhibiting some toasty vanilla notes that are not dominant or intrusive, this is a beauty to drink over the next 5-6 years. "
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About VacqueyrasView a map of Vacqueyras wineries (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
- <img border="0" align = "center" src="/images/Category/Varietal_Red_Wine.jpg" width="750" height="300">Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.