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2010 Vacqueyras and Gigondas

It is a bit of a crime to open young bottles of Vacqueyras and certainly a crime for young Gigondas.  But I am curious and not in a position to lay down any wine.  Following my usual practice, all four bottles were tasted over two nights.  The 2010 Bouissiere, Vacqueyras was lovely and the 2010 Bouissiere, Gigondas has strong potential.  You should buy both.  The 2010 Domaine le Sang des Cailloux, Cuvee Floureto had the flavors I expect and enjoy from this domain.  But in this instance it was overshadowed by the Bouissiere.  If you like the flavor of Domaine le Sang des Cailloux then you should buy several bottles to lay down.  I find you may depend on these wines to age well.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.


2010 Domaine le Sang des Cailloux, Cuvee Floureto, Vacqueyras – $30
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre and Cinsault sourced from 35-40 year old vines.  The fruit was destemmed, fermented in cement tanks with indigenous yeasts then aged for six months in foudre.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose was subtle and ungiving with only a little cherry aroma escaping.  In the mouth this wine was clearly young with tightly wound fruit.  The tannins were approachable and balanced by the acidity.  There was serious flavor lurking with a hazy expansion in the mouth followed by a finish of firm, powdery black fruit.  With air the fruit became a bit more ripe with black fruit, focused, and powdery tannins on the cheeks.  There was a good mid-palate and finish with expansive flavors.  It tastes familial.  **(*) 2016-2026.


2010 Domaine La Bouissiere, Vacqueyras – $26
Imported by Dionysos Imports.  This wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 15% Mourvedre which was aged in wood and tank.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The flavors were robust and forward with acidity driven black fruit.  the wine quickly became dry with herb flavors and a minerally, black finish.  With ait the firm black and red berries were initially dense and finely grained.  The aftertaste brought tea-like tannins and more herbs.  This remained a young wine but maintained attraction.  ***(*) Now-2023.


2010 Domaine la Bouissiere, Gigondas – $28
Imported by Dionysos Imports.  This wine is a blend of 72% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 3% Mourvedre sourced from 45-year-old vines. One-third of the fruit was destemmed and aged in wood and tank.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose was subtle and pungent.  In the mouth there were tight but good fruit flavors with violets.  There were good grapey and lurking fruit and a focused core of ripe, black fruit that continued into the aftertaste.  The wine was approachable but wound up.  The finish was firm and dry.  **(**) 2016-2026.


2010 Domaine de Piaugier, Gigondas – $25
Imported by DST Trading.  This wine is a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, and 15% Syrah.  The grapes were destemmed then fermented for one month in cement tank followed by maturation over two winters in 33% cement tank, 33% in one year old barrels, and 33% in new foudre.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose was very light.  In the mouth there were firm and young flavors of red fruit.  The wine was compact with no harsh edges and some garrigue in the finish.  There were drying, citric tannins in this modern tasting wine.  This bottle was tight. **(*) 2017-2027.


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