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Professional Ratings: 91 International Wine Cellar, 90 Wine Spectator, 90 The Wine Advocate
Region: Vacqueyras, Rhone, France
Varietal: Rhone Red Blends
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14%
Item no. 113562
Deeply saturated, black purple color and super ripe, back fruit with notes of dark cherry, licorice and spices. The texture is dense yet it has a remarkable freshness on the finish, because Guy Ricard was vigilant about not allowing the grapes to reach sur-maturite.
Deep ruby. Red and dark berry aromas are complemented by Asian spices and floral oils. Energetic but deep in raspberry and blackberry flavor. Shows a refreshingly spicy quality on the finish, which clings with very good authority and length.
Ripe and fleshy, delivering a lovely velvety feel to the crushed plum, braised fig and steeped red and black currant fruit notes, all backed by roasted mesquite and tobacco flavors. This is broad, but well-defined, too. Rock-solid. Drink now through 2015. 700 cases imported.
The most forward and drinkable of these offerings is the 2009 Vacqueyras Cuvee Classique, which is a blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre primarily aged in cement tanks. This gorgeous effort reveals abundant notes of tapenade, black cherries, soy, new saddle leather, blackberries and earth. This seductive, round, generous, pure, velvety-textured 2009 should drink well for 7-8 years.