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2012 Vacqueyras, Domaine d'Ouréa

2012 Vacqueyras, Domaine d'Ouréa

Red | Ready, but will keep | Domaine d'Ourea | Code:  23277 | 2012 | France > Rhône > Vacqueyras | Southern Rhône Blend | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 14.5 % alcohol


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WA - I think even better, the 2012 Vacqueyras is all Grenache (as is the 2011), fermented 100% whole cluster and aged 18 months in concrete tanks. Classic and very traditional, it possesses plenty of plum, menthol, pine and violet qualities to go with a medium to full-bodied, concentrated feel on the palate. It too has sweet tannin and at least a decade of longevity.

Created in 2010 and covering 18 hectares, this up-and-coming estate is run by Adrien Roustan, who spent time in both Burgundy and California making wine. While his 2011s are quite strong, his 2012s appear to be a step up.

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Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate #210, Dec 2013

The Producer

Domaine d'Ourea

Domaine d'Ourea

Adrien Rousten is a vigneron’s vigneron; passionate, committed and almost protective of his vines, which cover five hectares in Gigondas and 10 in Vacqueras the latter located high above the village, on the border with Beaumes-de-Venise.

Domaine d'Ouréa is farmed with strict biodynamic principles.

The Grape

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.

The Region



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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