Domaine La Garrigue 2016 Vacqueyras


Robert Parker 92 Points: "La Garrigue's 2016 Vacqueyras is a traditional blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% each Cinsault and Mourvèdre. There's a slight mocha and roasted-fruit element to it, but in an attractive way, while the bulk of this full-bodied wine is fleshed out by red raspberries and chocolate. Rich, muscular and long, it should drink well for at least 3-4 years. Tasted twice, with consistent results.

This producer is probably best known in the United States for its Côtes du Rhône Cuvée Romaine, widely available and a consistent value over the years. It's a historic property, where the Bernard family has been on the estate since its creation in 1850. Virginie Combe, representing the sixth generation, led me through the range of wines, all of which are fermented with the stems and aged in concrete. This is traditional, unadulterated winemaking, although refrigeration is used to limit temperatures and retain freshness during fermentation. Quality is consistently excellent across the range, but the "secret" here is the Vacqueyras Osez le Detour, a Syrah-based cuvée that I tasted for the first time during this visit. It's killer stuff.

Collections: France, French - Rhone, Wine

Type: WINE

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