2010 Vacqueyras, La Pavane, La Bastide St. Vincent

2010 Vacqueyras, La Pavane, La Bastide St. Vincent

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2010 Vacqueyras, La Pavane, La Bastide St. Vincent

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Sourced from six small parcels on the famous Plateau des Garrigues, the Pavane is a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah from 40 year old vines. The wine displays classic notes of licorice, macerated prune and autumnal bonfires, with chewy tannins and plenty of savoury guts in reserve!
Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer, February 2012

The evocative names of the surrounding landmarks, specifically the Plateau Des Garrigues and the Dentelles De Montmirail, provide a scenic geographical backdrop to Laurent Daniel’s vineyards. Silky elegance, real Mediterranean warmth and finely balanced tannins are the secrets to Laurent’s success, not forgetting more prosaic factors such as timely picking of the grapes and attention to detail in the winery.

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La Bastide St. Vincent

La Bastide St. Vincent

Flanking the evocatively named Dentelles de Montmirail, with vines on the equally evocative Plateau des Garrigues, La Bastide St. Vincent is a delightful, family-owned wine domaine with 17th century origins.

Laurent Daniel farms the famous trio - Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes, vinyfiying them separately in a combination of cement and stainless steel. He keeps temperatures relatively low to allow full and generous expression of the fruit flavours.

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Vacqueyras

Vacqueyras

Vacqueyras was the second Côtes du Rhônes Villages to be upgraded to AOC status, after Gigondas, in 1990 and rightly so. These excellent-value wines are like turbo-charged Côtes du Rhônes: dark and rich with the classic herbs and warm peppery spice of the Southern Rhône.

Compared to neighbouring Gigondas, they are slightly more restrained and rustic – in the best sense of the word – and slightly cheaper. They are made from a little less Grenache (50 percent minimum) with the balance made up with SyrahMourvèdre and Cinsault.

You should give Vacqueyras two to three years to come round, but they can then last up to a decade. The 770 hectares of vineyards are spread across the communes of Vacqueyras and Sarrians in the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail and produce almost exclusively red wines. The small amount of fresh, fruity rosé is normally well worth the search, while the tiny amount of white wine is mostly not.

Recommended producers: La Bastide de St. VincentMontirius

 

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Southern Rhône Blend

Southern Rhône Blend

The vast majority of wines from the Southern Rhône are blends. There are 5 main black varieties, although others are used and the most famous wine of the region, Châteauneuf du Pape, can be made from as many as 13 different varieties. Grenache is the most important grape in the southern Rhône - it contributes alcohol, warmth and gentle juicy fruit and is an ideal base wine in the blend. Plantings of Syrah in the southern Rhône have risen dramatically in the last decade and it is an increasingly important component in blends. It rarely attains the heights that it does in the North but adds colour, backbone, tannins and soft ripe fruit to the blend.

The much-maligned Carignan has been on the retreat recently but is still included in many blends - the best old vines can add colour, body and spicy fruits. Cinsault is also backtracking but, if yields are restricted, can produce moderately well-coloured wines adding pleasant-light fruit to red and rosé blends. Finally, Mourvèdre, a grape from Bandol on the Mediterranean coast, has recently become an increasingly significant component of Southern Rhône blends - it often struggles to ripen fully but can add acidity, ripe spicy berry fruits and hints of tobacco to blends.

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Reviews

Customer reviews

Wine Advocate89/100
jancisrobinson.com17.5/20
Robert Parker90-93/100

Critic reviews

Wine Advocate89/100
The 2010 Vacqueyras Pavane, a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah (40-year-old vines), come primarily from the highly renowned plateau of Les Garrigues, outside Vacqueyras. It is aged in concrete tanks for 8-12 months prior to bottling. The wines opaque ruby/purple color is followed by lots of black cherry, black currant and blackberry fruit notes, beautiful purity, plenty of glycerin (it achieved 15% natural alcohol), and a pure, well-textured, long finish revealing some tannins that still need to be shed. It will benefit from another 1-2 years of bottle age and should drink well for 7-8 years thereafter.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - 31/10/2012 Read more
jancisrobinson.com17.5/20
Very dark crimson. Floral, soapy aromas. Lip smacking and round and very satisfying. Fresh rather than drying on the finish. Lots of floral charm. A very satisfying charm.
(Jancis Robinson MW & Julia Harding MW - jancisrobinson.com - December 2011) Read more
Robert Parker90-93/100
A blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah from 40 year old vines situated on the famous Garrigues sector of Vacqueyras, the 2010 Vacqueyras Pavanne performed well in my tastings. One of the strongest Vacqueyras of the vintage, it exhibits a dense purple color along with copious quantities of dark, black fruits, intense flavors, full body, good acidity and sweet tannin. It should drink well for 10-15+ years.
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