Vacqueyras is a French wine Appellation d'Origine Controlee (AOC) in the southern Rhone wine region of France, along the banks of the River Ouveze. It is primarily a red wine region, often known as the little brother of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
When a Vacqueyras is exceptional, as this one is, it is a great bargain, especially when compared to the prices of good Chateauneu-du-pape ($35 and up).
Juicy and racy, with a stylish beam of raspberry fruit laced liberally with enticing spice, black tea and melted red licorice notes. The finish is long and lively.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 91
"Perhaps the finest Vacqueyras I have ever tasted from Chateau des Roques, the 2009 reveals copious black currant and sweet cherry notes intermixed with notions of smoked herbs and earth. Composed of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre aged in foudre and tank, ... creamy texture and irresistible personality ..."
Wine Spectator (WS): 91
"Solid, with a chalky spine holding the core of crushed plum, red currant and blackberry fruit together. There's a nice floral lift on the finish, as the chalky edge persists nicely."