An excellent Vacqueyras that can be drunk now or cellared
I admit to being surprised by how accessible the 2011 Domaine la Garrigue, Cuvee de l’Hostellerie, Vacqueyras is. I also admit that we finished the bottle instead of tasting it over two nights. My surprise, no doubt, comes from having never tasted the Cuvee de l’Hostellerie before. I do like Vacqueyras very much. These wines can show more warmth and forward nature than Gigondas yet they also mature well. This particular bottle already shows good, attractive complexity and has the stuffing to develop over the years. That is a lot to offer for a price of only $22. This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.
2011 Domaine la Garrigue, Cuvee de l’Hostellerie, Vacqueyras – $22
Imported by European Cellars. This wine is a blend of 74% Grenache and 25% Syrah sourced from 40-60 year old vines that was aged for 24 months in concrete. Alcohol 14.5%. The nose indicated some maturity along with earthy, black mineral aromas. In the mouth there was just the right amount of ripeness and focus with the flavors expanding in the mouth. There was a youthful accessibility due to the black and red fruit yet there was still complexity. The wine had some tartness before the earthy aspects expanded in the mouth to make way for ripe texture on the gums and cheeks followed by a mineral aftertaste. ***(*) Now – 2025.