Thursday, July 27, 2006

DOMAINE LA GARRIGUE VACQUEYRAS - 2004

This serious blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsault is a distinctive red from Provence. Unfiltered and all natural, the limited production yielded only 1,000 cases.

TASTING NOTES:

A deep purple elixir with black pepper, herb and floral aromas and flavors. The core of the wine is very fruity with exceptional wild berry tastes that drift from dark blackberry to blueberry to boysenberry before becoming syrupy cherry on the light, dry finish.

SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:

90 PTS

Smells like handcrafted, homemade wine. There is a comforting richness to each glass. The black pepper scents are a bit too dominant when first poured but they settle down after the wine has had a chance to breathe giving way to the luxiourious fruit. For $16 a bottle, there is great value here. If you haven't tasted Vacqueyras, this is a good introduction.

4 Comments:

  • Good afternoon, I write to you from Spain (Barcelona), and I have discovered your blog and wine comments, wich I really appreciate (concise, serious, free), through an Italian friend of mine, Franco Ziliani. I know this La Garrigue (it's not very far from Barcelona) and it's a good advise, yes it is, but unfortunately I have in my mind the grenache's scents from Priorat (in Catalonia), from very old vineyards, at a very good prizes too (around 15 euros too), and I have always thought that the Provence ones are a little big poorer.
    Thanks for your suggestions about wines from all over the world, and it will be great it you make a "trip" through muy blog (hélas, in spanish!), devinis.blogspot.com, and comment on it. Your view on it will improve it, sure.
    Friendly,
    Joan (John in catalan)

    By Blogger J. Gómez Pallarès, at Thursday, July 27, 2006 1:27:00 PM  

  • Good to see your review.

    I, myself, have picked up a bottle of this from Wine Library, but haven't had a chance to open it yet. Vacqueyras and Gigondas have always been quality cheaper substitutes for the more expensive CdP.

    I'll make sure I decant it for a few before drinking it. Thanks !

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thursday, July 27, 2006 2:11:00 PM  

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