2010 Montirius "Garrigues" Vacqueyras
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(70% grenache and 30% syrah): Youthful purple. Fresh red and dark berries on the intensely perfumed nose and in the mouth. Showing more brightness and red fruit character than it did from tank, with sexy floral and spice nuances building with air. Offers a suave blend of power and finesse, finishing spicy, gently tannic and impressively long.
Very dark. Briary and autumnal. Sweet start and much fleshier than most Vacqueyras. Nice tight whole for medium-term drinking that has some freshness. Hint of treacle.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Vacqueyras Les Garrigues (70% Grenache and 30% Syrah from the well-known Garrigue lieu-dit situated just outside the village of Vacqueyras) comes from a biodynamically farmed vineyard of 65-year-old vines. Aged completely in concrete, it exhibits lots of naked black cherry fruit intermixed with loamy, peppery, earthy, garrigue notes and hints of licorice as well as spice box. Fleshy and heady with light tannins in the finish, it should drink well for 3-4 years.
Montirius is the impeccable fifth-generation estate of the Saurel family, a leading producer of Vacqueyras and Gigondas wines in the southern Rhone Valley. The Saurels make a range of deeply scented and flavored wines imbued with Provence's spice and structure. These are sensual wines with unusual finesse, possessing penetrating minerality and length. Located around the Vacqueyras village, "Garrigues" is a plot with an average vine age of 55 years, and some vines planted as long ago as 1925. The estate has been practicing biodynamic viticulture for more than ten years. 14.5% abv.