Arnoux et Fils Vacqueyras Cuvee Jean-Marie Arnoux 2016
A deep and brilliant purple color. This wine offers a powerful bouquet of red fruit, accented with delicate spicy notes. The wine is full-bodied, round and structured, but elegant silky tannins.
Blend: 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre.
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The rock solid 2016 Vacqueyras Jean-Marie Arnoux is certainly an impressive wine. Notes of black raspberries, toasted spice, dried earth and some cured meats all flow to a medium-bodied, supple, seamless effort that's loaded with charm. Made from 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and the balance Mourvèdre, drink it over the coming 4-6 years.
This charming appellation within the Côtes du Rhône Villages was second only to Gigondas to earn its own village appellation status. Its wines may be red, rosé or white—though hardly any is white. Its high winemaking standards follow many of the same rules as Chateauneuf-du-Pape. But for Vacqueyras red wines, half of the grapes have to be Grenache and the remainder is usually a combination of Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault.
While they can be robust and rustic in style, typically a great Vacqueyras red combines delicate aromas with intense fruit and a bright, crisp texture. They certainly don’t lack any character and show an abundance of black cherry, wild berry, plum, fig, baking spice, and a touch of game or smoke.