2007 Montirius "Le Clos" Vacqueryas (1.5L)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby. Black raspberry, kirsch, violet, spicecake and smoky minerals on the nose. A spicy, finely etched midweight that offers sweet red and dark fruit flavors, with silky tannins adding support. The red fruit and spice notes dominate the finish, which is very pure and focused. More primary than the Garrigues and probably destined for a longer life.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The healthy ruby/purple 2007 Vacqueyras le Clos comes from a single parcel of old vines and is made from equal parts Grenache and Syrah. As with all of the wines from this estate, it’s aged all in concrete tanks. Offering perfumed notes of spring flowers, cassis, licorice and hints of crushed rocks, it shines for its purity, freshness and elegance. It's drinking at point today yet will easily hold for 4-5 years. (JD)
Ripe and supple, delivering a tasty beam of blackberry and melted fig fruit, laced with alluring notes of dark raisin, tobacco and black tea. The solid, medium-weight finish is very polished.
Dark ruby color. restrained earthy, leather and plummy aromas lead to a more modern and extracted palate of jammy cherry-berry fruit, asphalt, black olive and spice. Full-bodied, creamy and smooth with supple tannins for easy drinking. Shows moderate complexity.
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. Le Clos is a unique parcel in Vacqueryas comprising 8.5 hectares. Surrounded by oaks in a microclimate yielding less rain than surrounding areas, the vineyard is planted on a gently rising slope comprised of garrigues and blue clay. The estate has been practicing biodynamic viticulture for more than ten years. 14% abv.