La Costa Wine Blog
15th Feb 2014
Exploring the wines of the Southern Rhône Valley
Join us March 6th & 7th as we explore the Southern Rhône Valley. The Vacqueyras appellation spreads for about 3,200 acres encompassing two towns: Vacqueyras and Sarrians. This wine comes from two parcels lieux dits "Pavane" and "La Verde" situated on Plateau des "Garrigues" in Sarrians. The blend of Grenache and Syrah is the signature of the great wines of the South Rhône Valley. The soil is essentially composed of red chalky calcareous soils with smooth stones. This geologic particularity is conductive to low yields allowing grapes to reach a high color, tannin and aromatic concentration. The 2016 Domaine de la Charbonniere Vacqueyras Cuvée Spéciale is a killer Vacqueyras that has tons of violets, spice, and minerality as well as more garrigue and sweet Grenache fruit with time in the glass. Deep, medium to full-bodied, gorgeously textured, and balanced bold purple raspberry fruit and hints of chocolaty richness and slightly creamy nuances. Light toffee and spice across ripe, brambly plums and dark berries. The palate has redder-fruit flavors. Sheer, measured and nicely balanced with plenty of flavor, crisp acidity and a bright, zesty finish. It's full-bodied, with plenty of ripe tannins, and ready to show or lay down.
RP94, JD 94, JS93
in stock $33.99