A blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah, this Vacqueyras Garrigues is a strong effort, boasting hints of garrigue that accent raspberry and chocolate notes. Medium to full-bodied, with rich, velvety tannins, it remains vibrant and fresh through the long, silky finish. It should drink well for a decade.
Proprietors Eric and Christine Saurel have been practicing biodynamics since 1999. The 58-hectare domaine includes 38 different sites in Vacqueyras, Gigondas and nearby Côtes du Rhône and Vin de Pays. Daughters Justine (winemaking) and Manon (hospitality) are now both working with their parents at the domaine. As always here, no wood is used in the winemaking, and all of the reds are aged in concrete vats.