2015 Montirius Le Clos Vacqueyras

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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
13.5% Alcohol

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