2015 Montirius Le Clos Vacqueyras
94 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Included in my blind tasting of Vacqueyras and retasted (with an identical score) at the domaine, the 2015 Vacqueyras le Clos is a stunner. A 50-50 blend of Grenache and Syrah grown next to the winery on blue clay soils, it seems almost impervious to the effects of drought and heat. It's full-bodied and richly textured, but with no loss of detail and no sense of heat. Flowering garrigue makes a mark on the nose, followed by notions of apricots, raspberries and blackberries. The tannins are incredibly supple, the mouthfeel lush, the finish long and elegant. As I wrote in my notebook on one occasion, "This is the real deal" and "This is spectacular" (with "is" underlined) on the other, you might surmise I liked it, even without looking at the rating.
France, Rhone, Vacqueyras
50% Grenache, 50% Syrah
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