2009 Domaine la Garrigue "Cantarelle" Vacqueyras (Previously $25)

SKU #1080378 93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Even better than the straight ’09 Vacqueyras is the fantastically good 2009 Domaine La Garrigue Vacqueyras La Cantarelle. From a single plot of 80 to 100-year-old vines and a blend 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah, aged all in concrete tank for 18 months, it carries a much more serious, mineral driven profile with pure cherry and raspberry fruit characteristics intermixed with smoked earth, roasted meats, licorice, and crushed rock aromas on the nose. Full-bodied and beautifully concentrated on the palate, with a rich, seamless texture, beautiful ripeness, and masses of ripe tannin, this beauty needs another 2-3 years of bottle age, and should drink beautifully for 10-12+ years.  (9/2011)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The spectacular 2009 Vacqueyras La Cantarelle, a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah from 80+ year old vines, boasts an inky/purple color as well as a nose of scorched earth, burning charcoal embers, blackberries, cassis, licorice and hints of truffles and charcuterie. Full-bodied, intense, thick and viscous, this is a superb Vacqueyras that possesses all the hallmarks of this precocious vintage. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)  (10/2011)

90 points Vinous

 (85% grenache and 15% syrah): Saturated ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of black raspberry, boysenberry, floral oils and licorice, with a spicy nuance adding lift. Big and broad but energetic, displaying very good depth to its dark fruit flavors. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with very good clarity and smoky persistence. (JR)  (1/2012)

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