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Declassified Vacqueyras from Roucas Toumba


The estate of Roucas Toumba near Vacqueyras has been in the Bouletin family since the 18th century.  Historically, the fruit was delivered to cooperatives and sold to Beaucastel.  It was only in 2000 that wine was first made at the estate.  I tried the 2010 Roucas Toumba, Les Grands Chemins which is primarily declassified Vacqueyras from old-vine Grenache and Carignan planted in 1948.  This is a lovely wine ready from short-term cellaring.  There is already good complexity with that sense of warmth from Vacqueyras.  While I would hold off drinking this for a year, you might be excused for cracking a bottle given the record-breaking cold weather.  This wine was purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2010 Roucas Toumba, Les Grands Chemins – $18
Imported by Potomac Selections.  This wine is a blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Carignan, and 10% Syrah that was aged for six months on concrete vats.  Alcohol 14%.  There were spiced berry aromas and occasional wafts of animale notes.  In the mouth were ripe black fruit flavors with the structure framing the entire wine.  A mineral, black acidity developed on the tongue that worked towards a ripe, spiced finish with cola like flavors.  Perhaps clean, macerated black fruit is a better description.  The wine was firm at the end with a drying aftertaste.  *** 2016-2025+?

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