2007 Domaine Le Couroulu "Classique" Vacqueyras
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From one of my go-to producers in the Southern Rhone, the 2007 Vacqueyras Cuvee Classique is a head-turner and one of the gems in the vintage. My notes started with “Hello Beautiful,” and this ripe, full-bodied, mouthful of a Vacqueyras offers sensational notes of ripe black currants, raspberries, roasted herbs, leather and black olives. Fully mature and drinking at point, it has the depth and density to keep for another 4-5 years. (JD)
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Seductively perfumed, complex bouquet of red and dark berries, Asian spices and minerals. Pinot-like in aromas and flavors, with sweet raspberry and blackberry notes, silky texture and good back-end snap. This graceful wine is already very tasty but is balanced to age." ((Jan 09) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe and lush, but well-harnessed, as mesquite and iron notes lend a tangy frame to the solid core of mulled plum, blackberry and fig fruit. The finish is long and smoldering. Drink now through 2011." (05/10) 14% abv.