2009 Domaine Le Colombier Vacqueyras Cuvee G

Year: 2009
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 89-92
Red Wine
Price :
$19.95
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"Rich and layered, with lush, velvety structure carrying the crushed plum, red currant, raspberry and blackberry fruit. Lots of violet, graphite and cocoa notes flow through the finish. Drink now through 2014. 2,000 cases made." (WS)

"Made from an equal part blend of cement-aged Grenache and barrel-aged Syrah, the 2009 Vacqueyras Cuvee G possesses an inky/plum/purple color as well as a sweet perfume of black fruits and charcoal, full-bodied power, a massive, thick style and solid tannins and structure. Everything is present for a graceful evolution of 7-10 years.

This 42-acre, biodynamically farmed estate makes three cuvees of Vacqueyras, but their 2009 regular Vacqueyras was unexpectedly disappointing based on the showing of its two siblings." (WA)

IMPRESSIVE ’09 RHONE FROM VACQUEYRAS 2009 VACQUEYRAS, CUVEE G, Est. Btld. DOM. LE COLOMBIER

This is at least the third vintage I’ve recommended the fine Vacqueyras Cuvee G Rhone estate bottled by Domaine Le Colombier. It has a label you won’t forget with its depiction of a harvesting tractor in the forefront of the label. The firm makes three Rhones each year and the Cuvee “G” seems to be the outstanding one. It was certainly outstanding enough when served to my Saturday Wine lunch group last weekend and solicited many comments about its rich, hearty quality and what a remarkable value it was for a wine , retailing for under $20 (at least at a discount store). One member remarked that it would easily stand up to many a Chateau¬neuf-du-Pape selling for at least double its price.

In describing the wine I can do no better then Robert Parker when he rated the wine an 89/92, and wrote; "Made from an equal part blend of cement-aged Gren¬ache and barrel-aged Syrah. The 2009 Vacqueyras Cuvee G possesses an inky/plum/purple color as well as a sweet perfume of black fruits and charcoal, full-bodied power, a massive, thick style and solid tannins and struc¬ture. Everything is present for a graceful evolution of 7-10 years.”

RATING: 90/91

PRICE: $19.95, ***bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)