2012 Vacqueyras, Pavane, La Bastide St Vincent

2012 Vacqueyras, Pavane, La Bastide St Vincent

Product: 20121141753
2012 Vacqueyras, Pavane, La Bastide St Vincent

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Our 2012 Rhône Vintage Recommendation: Best-value Southern Rhône
Another great-value wine which delivers a host of mineral-character qualities with a persistent volume of pure, almost liquorice, fruit – a lovely mouthful and further proof of what the Rhône can offer at an agreeably honest price.
Tom Cave, Cellar Plan Manager

Planted in 1990, the vines are still far from senescent, and the wine seems to gain in complexity with every passing year. The blend is 75% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah. Impeccable balance as always with flavours evocative of loganberry and raspberry and a whisper from the kitchen garden at the back of the palate.
Simon Field MW, Rhône Wine Buyer

La Bastide St Vincent has had a terrific couple of years, so much so that these two exemplary wines are now on allocation. Such is the price of success, I suppose. When we introduced the domaine to the UK nearly a decade ago, we had an extensive blind tasting of some of the great and the good from these two famous villages. Laurent’s wines excelled then, and continue to do so now.


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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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Wine Advocate88-90/100

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Wine Advocate88-90/100
A blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and the balance Syrah, aged all in tank, the 2012 Vacqueyras Pavane comes mostly from the Les Garrigues plateau (just outside the village of Vacqueyras). It offers up a rich, medium to full-bodied, chewy profile, with ample tannin that kicks in on the finish. Fleshing out nicely with air and beautifully balanced, with loads of raspberry, spice, pepper and leathery nuances on the nose, this possibly outstanding effort will benefit from a year or two in the cellar, and drink nicely over the following 7-8 years.

Covering 55 acres, with roughly 18 of the acres in Gigondas, La Bastide Saint Vincent is run by Guy Daniel and his son Laurent. They produce two Gigondas cuvees in top vintages; a classic cuvee that’s a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah that’s aged all in concrete tank; and the Gigondas Costevieille (which wasn’t presented in either 2011 or ’12), which is a blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah, sourced from the best plots, that’s aged in Burgundy barrels.
Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate #210, Dec 2013 Read more