Young Vacqueyras from Domaine le Sang des Cailloux
I have been enjoying the wines of Domaine Le Sang des Cailloux for over ten vintages now. While 2011 is generally regarded as a good rather than great vintage for the Southern Rhone, the 2011 Domaine le Sang des Cailloux, Cuvee Doucinello, Vacqueyras proved to be made of serious stuff. Interesting enough, this cuvee saw only six months in wood, yet it took three days to finally open up. When it did, it revealed the earthy, minerally flavors I have come to love. I recommend you stash away several bottles to try again in five years. This wine was purchased at MacArthur Beverages.
2011 Domaine le Sang des Cailloux, Cuvee Doucinello, Vacqueyras – $29
Imported by Kermit Lynch. This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 7% Mourvedre, and 3% Cinsault that was aged for six months in foudre. Alcohol 14%. The nose eventually opened up to reveal tight black fruit and tar. In the mouth were rounded, earthy, cherry fruit flavors mixed with spices. There was a little zip in the finish from the acidity. After three days the wine eventually drank well. The tight fruit, acidity,and mineral infused tannins were all in balance. There was even an inky flavor. ***(*) 2020-2030.