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A Pair of Wines from the Gold Cup Weekend

Vines at Sang des Cailloux, Image by drea.mers (flickr)

William came down for the Gold Cup last month.  In anticipation I opened up some wine I thought he would not normally drink at his restaurants.  For his first night I choose two recent releases as I wanted something tasty but not too intellectual.  This was a good decision because the horrendous traffic resulted in William showing up at midnight.  We all enjoyed the Sang des Cailloux very much.  This is not suprising as these wines are consistently amongst my favorites from Vacqueyras. The Bastide Saint Vincent is available for $22 and the Sang des Cailloux, which is imported by Kermit Lynch, is available for $30 at MacArthurs.  I would pass on the Bastide Saint Vincent and upgrade to the Sang des Cailloux.

2009 La Bastide St Vincent, Gigondas
This wine is a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre.  This is immediately recognizable as a modern style of Gigondas.  There was clean red fruit and integrated acidity in this approachable wine.    It was priced well but I really did not get excited as I missed the earthiness and rusticity I prefer in my Gigondas, which is reflected in this very short note. ** Now-2017.

2009 Domaine le Sang des Cailloux, Cuvee Azalais, Vacqueyras
This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre and Cinsault.  There are concentrated red berry flavors with a dark core running through the wine.  It is young but with air some herbs, earthiness, and Vacqueyras spice eventually come out in this medium+ bodied wine.  Remarkable easy to drink right now.  Evocative of past vintages of the Cuvee Azalais I would recommend cellaring this for at least five years though it will mature longer. **(**) 2017-2025.

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