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Five Wines from Vacqueyras, 24 July 2008


Here are five wines from Vacqueyras that we have recently drunk. The La Garrigue was a steal for the price and is in no rush to be drunk. The Alain Jaume is not quite as good but is a great deal as well. I don’t recommend the Fonseguille nor the Cailloux. The Charbonniere is lovely now but needs to develop a nose.

2004 Domaine de La Garrigue, Vacqueyras – $14-$15
This is a blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsault. The Grenache comes from 50-100 year old vines. A medium-opaque garnet. Initially there is sweet, round fruit on the nose that develops a spice-fragrance with air. In the mouth there is round, ripe fruit, mostly red with some cool blue fruit intermixed with spice and cedar. This medium to full-bodied wine has fine tannins with a light, juicy, acidic finish. It is a very good value.

2005 Marquis de Fonseguille, Vacqueyras – $12
Light and clean, red and blue fruit on the nose. There is red and blue fruit in the mouth in a lighter, modern style. There is marked acidity and new tannins mixed in with the fruit. There is prominent new wood tannins in the aftertaste.  Not my style of wine.

2003 Alain Jaume, Vacqueyras – $14
This wine is 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Cinsault. Light to medium opaque ruby-brown. A light red-raspberry nose. In the mouth this medium-bodied wine offers round, mildly creamy fruit, with light spices, and a slightly rustic, dark-fruit finish. A strong value wine.

2005 Domaine de la Charbonniere, Vacqueyras – $22
This wine is 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah and was aged 6-8 months in big oak tanks. A medium opaque purplish-ruby. There is a light, ripe, red fruit nose, with slight hints of alcohol. In the mouth there are ripe, round, soft fruit, with light acidity in the mid-palate. This medium to full-bodied wine develops dark-fruit in the middle and a minerally-fruit finish with cheek coating tannins.  This is a well-made, big wine that is drinking really well.

2004 Domaine le Sang des Cailloux, Cuvee Floureto, Vacqueyras – $25
This wine is 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and Cinsault. My notes are thin on this one. I found a slightly peppery nose from the Syrah is the dominate aroma. In the mouth there were lightly-creamy, dark-fruit flavors with an oak frame. It comes across as an austere wine that Jenn and I did not enjoy.

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