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2007 Domaine le Couroulu, Vieilles Vignes, Vacqueyras

This domaine was founded in 1928 and three generations later is still within the family.  It is currently run by Guy Richard.  There are 19 hectares of vineyards in Vacqueyras.  The Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah.  The Grenache vines were planted by Guy’s grandfather in 1932 and the Syrah vines were planted in 1960.  The wine is aged for 24 months in old foudres.

I tried the 2007 Cuvee Classique, Vacqueyras but did not like it due to its overtly modern style.  This wine is not a balanced, spiced Vacqueyras like Bouissiere.  Instead this is a full-throttle Vacqueyras that, while modern in style, still has appeal to those preferring more traditional wines. This cuvee is available at MacArthur’s for $24, which is a rather good price.

2007 Domaine la Couroulu, Vieilles Vignes, Vacqueyras
In the glass it has a color of dark ruby.  This wine has a good nose of modern berries. In the mouth there are dense flavors of raspberry candy in this modern styled wine. There are tight, unobtrusive tannins. There is a long aftertaste that develops spices and dark berries. This is a blockbuster of a wine but quite tasty.  It is drinkable now but should be cellared for a few years.

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