2015 Montirius Vacqueyras Le Clos

Year: 2015
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"Included in my blind tasting of Vacqueyras and retasted (with an identical score) at the domaine, the 2015 Vacqueyras le Clos is a stunner. A 50-50 blend of Grenache and Syrah grown next to the winery on blue clay soils, it seems almost impervious to the effects of drought and heat. It's full-bodied and richly textured, but with no loss of detail and no sense of heat. Flowering garrigue makes a mark on the nose, followed by notions of apricots, raspberries and blackberries. The tannins are incredibly supple, the mouthfeel lush, the finish long and elegant. As I wrote in my notebook on one occasion, "This is the real deal" and "This is spectacular" (with "is" underlined) on the other, you might surmise I liked it, even without looking at the rating.

Proprietors Eric and Christine Saurel have been ahead of the curve when it comes to biodynamics, having employed them at this fastidiously run estate since 1999. The domaine now encompasses an impressive 58 hectares of vines, split into 38 different sites throughout Vacqueyras, Gigondas and the surrounding Côtes du Rhône and Vin de Pays. Daughters Justine (winemaking) and Manon (hospitality) are now both working with their parents at the domaine, which appears to be on an impressive run. As always here, no wood is used in the winemaking, and all of the reds are aged in concrete vats. Numbers are recorded and statistics kept, but the wines aren't adulterated. "When a wine has good minerality, it takes the place of acidity," explained Eric." (WA)

Winery Notes:
A deep red wine, on the nose, with characteristics of the parcel: raspberry, liquorice and vanilla. In the mouth, the tannins are fine, silky and delicate. A lovely after taste. The aromas on the nose are found in the mouth, complimented by elegance, finesse and a lovely freshness.