2007 Mas du Bouquet Vacqueyras (Previously $13)

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90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Rich blackberry and kirsch aromas are complicated by candied flowers, anise and garrigue, with a sexy note of cola coming up with air. Sweet dark berry flavors coat the palate, firmed by fine-grained tannins that are quickly absorbed by the fruit. This sweet, long wine is already very alluring." (01/09) 89-91 points Robert Parker: "The general style is one of fruity, good quality, commercially-styled wines that represent very good value, and are immediately appealing. All of the 2007s are fruit-laden, lush, and best drunk in their first 3-5 years of life. The sumptuous Domaine Le Mas du Bouquet, 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre, is aged in tank prior to early bottling" (02/09) Purity and pretty is what comes to mind when I taste this wine. Make no mistake, Mas du Bouquets 2007 Vacqueyras has a generous dollop of forward fruit generosity that we have all grown to love with this superb vintage. However, delicate flora-matic and sassafrass nuances remind me of a lighter and brighter wine, without having to use ponderous adjectives like vanilla, baking spices or toasty, toasty and more toasty. Chestnut-stuffed baked chicken or a generous serving of sautéed mushrooms served over grilled garlic bread are highly recommended! (Mulan Chan-Randel, K&L Wine Merchants) 14.5% abv.

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/24/2010  | Send Email
The next two wines are reds from what is becoming a classically great Rhone Valley vintage, 2007. First, the Mas Du Bouquet 2007 Vacqueyras ($12.99), a blend of grenache (60%), syrah (30%), and the balance being mourvedre, possesses a deeply colored robe, and a nose of blackberries and anise, with notes of violets and crushed stone minerality. In its ever-expanding, complex mouthfeel, you will be treated to a wine that is open-knitted, viscous, beautifully structured with a core of sweet fruit, wonderfully balanced, and shows a finish that absolutely refuses to quit. (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2010 to 2013

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5