2017 Alain Jaume et Fils Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue

Year: 2017
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 88
Vinous Media: 92-93
Jeb Dunnuck: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
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NEW RELEASE!....65% Grenache Noir, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Old vines Cinsault

"The 2017 Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue combines dark notes of black cherries and cola on the nose, accented by a bit of resiny garrigue. It's medium to full-bodied on the palate, with a touch of astringent tannin on the finish.

As I wrote in Part 1 of this year's Southern Rhône report, together with its Domaine de Grand Veneur in Châteauneuf-du-Pape (recent releases of those wines were reviewed previously), this firm has become one of the stalwarts in the American market. No doubt this is due in no small part to the American importer, Fran Kysela et Fils, but the overall standard of quality is high, and Americans have learned to trust Alain Jaume et Fils-with good reason." (WA)

"Deep brilliant ruby. Heady, mineral-laced red berry liqueur, spicecake and floral aromas are complemented by suggestions of dusty minerals and succulent herbs. Vibrant, sharply focused raspberry and bitter cherry flavors become deeper and sweeter with air and pick up musky licorice and candied lavender nuances. Shows impressive energy and solid thrust on the impressively long, red-fruit-dominated finish, which is given shape by supple, slow-building tannins." (VM)

"Compared to the Château Mazane release, the Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue is always more plush and soft, and the 2017 has sexy, ripe, mouthfilling levels of fruit as well as plenty of peppery garrigue and earth aromas and flavors. It’s complex, has a classic, old-school style, offers loads of character, and is a smoking value. It too is ideal for drinking over the coming 8-10 years." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Deep, intense hue. Aromas of fresh black fruit a little meaty, with dried herbs smells. On the palate, the richness of the tannins harmonizes with the smoothness of the wine. The finish is long, with spices aromas, licorice. A typical wine from this specific terroir called "Les Garrigues". Drinks best between 1 and 7 years.