Vigerons de Caractere Seigneur de Fontimple Vacqueyras 2009
Rhone Red Blends from Vacqueyras, Rhone, France
The bouquet of ripe fruit, blackcurrant coulis, strawberry jam, spice, and violets shows that this is a great Vacqueyras. Smooth and rich on the palate with soft tannin that marries well with the liquorice flavors. Very long aftertaste confirming this wine's character and elegance.
This Vacqueyras makes a perfect accompaniment to veal chops with rosemary, or even chocolate mousse. Best served at 18°C. This wine is enjoyable young, but has an ageing potential of 5 to 7 years.
Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre
Wine Spectator - "Fleshy and forward, with succulent plum and blackberry fruit laced with black tea and dark chocolate notes. This has a nice smoldering finish. Drink now through 2011."
Vigerons de Caractere Winery
Welcome to Vacqueyras, nestled at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail in the heart of the Rhone Valley. A group of men and women, passionate about winemaking and guided by years of experience, craft wines of character from this outstanding terroir.
The early 21st century has definitely been marked by the information revolution. The world is now a village, and visitors to Vacqueyras are no longer limited to our close European neighbors. The Vignerons de Caractère have always been forward-looking. After extending our cellars, we are now pleased to have an area over 500 m² to age our bottled wines and welcome wine lovers. However, our ambitions do not stop there because in 2009 we are opening a restaurant in the heart of our premises, in a cellar wine formerly used to age wine in barrel. It is now more easier than ever to share our passion for wine and our rich, but fragile terroir, and to highlight the superb products found in our region.
To open a bottle of Vacqueyras is to share the love and devotion of 80 families for their vines and precious soil, and the atmosphere of a village famous for its poetic charm. .. View all Vigerons de Caractere 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.