Tasting Highlights: Vacqueyras

Wine Spectator

Located in France's Southern Rhône Valley, between Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas, lies the Vacqueyras appellation. Vacqueyras totals 3,200 acres of vines, similar in size to Gigondas, though the wines are quite different. While Gigondas features limestone soils that result in perfumed, minerally wines with excellent aging potential, Vacqueyras is produced from predominantly clay soils that lead to more forward, rich, black fruit and tar-filled wines. Vacqueyras is produced from a majority of Grenache, which can be blended with Syrah, Mourvèdre and other Southern Rhône varieties. Vacqueyras is often overlooked in the rush for top bottlings from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, so there is some value to be found. The best examples can reward three to five years of cellaring as well. Here's a selection of new releases from recent vintages... link to entire article: http://www.winespectator.com/Wine/Features/Premium/0,1197,4566,00.html