Le Mas Des Flauzieres Vaqueyras Cuvee Le Pilon 2009
Rhone Red Blends from Vacqueyras, Rhone, France
The Wine Advocate - "The fleshy, succulent, fat, dark ruby/purple-tinged 2009 Vacqueyras Le Pilon possesses excellent purity in addition to attractive gamey, meaty notes. Drink this front end-loaded, plump, hedonistic wine over the next 5-6 years.
Le Mas Des Flauzieres Winery
Le Mas des Flauzières is a farm which belonged to the Entrechaux castle in the Middle Ages. It is an old barn located at the foot of the Mont Ventoux 'The giant of Provence,' near Vaison la Romaine. The Benoit family has owned it since the end of the nineteenth century.
Jérôme Benoit, the son, on completion of his studies in agronomy and enology, decided to create his wine making cellar and has been marketing his wines since 2002. The property extends over several villages from Mont Ventoux to the protected site of Dentelles de Montmirail.
This rare advantage of finding in the same family domain several names, will take you from the fruity, lively Côtes du Ventoux to the great and vigorous vintages of the universally known Gigondas. View all Le Mas Des Flauzieres Wines
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
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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