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Young Vacqueyras worth cellaring

Though I cut my teeth on decade-old Gigondas, I have a soft spot for the mature wines of Vacqueyras.  This pair of 2014 vintage wines from Domaine la Garrigue offers both fruit and structure for development in your cellar.  In fact, the 2014 Domaine la Garrigue, Vacqueryas is completely backward when first opened.  However, after 24 mysterious hours of interaction with air it reveals its full potential for development.  The wines of la Garrigue can reward aging and this bottle certainly requires it.  The 2014 Domaine la Garrigue, La Cantarelle, Vacqueyras is made from very old vines and offers more up-front savory, weighty fruit flavors.  Though there are more seductive elements, it too is in need of age.  I do not think it will develop for as long a duration as the regular Vacqueyras.  Stock up!  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.


2014 Domaine la Garrigue, Vacqueryas – $22
Imported European Cellars.  This wine is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault sourced from 70 year old vines that was aged for 18 months in concrete tanks.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose is slightly pungent with aromas of plum.  After 24 hours the wine is much improved with a savory, weighty start of cranberry, red and black fruits.  There is watering acidity which carries the wine through.  The finish is mouth filling as is the aftertaste which leaves ethereal, ripe flavors on the gum.  I really enjoy this youthful, mineral, and rugged wine.  ***(*) 2020-2030.


2014 Domaine la Garrigue, La Cantarelle, Vacqueyras – $27
Imported by European Cellars.  This wine is a blend of Grenache from 100 year old vines and Syrah from younger vines that was aged for 24 months in concrete tanks.  Alcohol 15%.  From the beginning this wine offers up more fruit that is both concentrated and deeper.  A mineral and bitter, black fruit streak weaves through as the wine builds weight, flavors of fat plums, and ripe powdery, cocoa flavored tannins.  This weighty and savory wine has good flavor now but is in need of age.  ***(*) 2019-2025.

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