2009 Domaine Le Sang des Cailloux "Cuvée Azalais" Vacqueyras

SKU #1088778 92 points Wine Spectator

 Smoldering charcoal and black tea notes lead the way, with fleshy, supple notes of blackberry preserves, mulled fig and spice. A roasted chestnut hint weaves subtly through the finish. This has good character. Drink now through 2014.  (11/ 2011)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The forward 2009 Vacqueyras Cuvee Azalis is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the rest Mourvedre and Cinsault from the limestone and red clay Galets Roules sector of the appellation. It exhibits elegant berry fruit notes intermixed with roasted herb, pepper, cedarwood, new saddle leather and spice. Medium to full-bodied and silky textured, it is ideal for drinking over the next 7-8 years.  (10/ 2011)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (70% grenache and 20% syrah, with mourvedre and cinsault): Deep ruby. Wild, highly perfumed bouquet evokes red and dark berry preserves, smoky herbs and and potpourri. Blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors show serious intensity and pick up cracked pepper and licorice nuances with air. Fine-grained tannins add grip and shape to the long, chewy finish, which features a note of bitter cherry. This wine should age slowly  (2/ 2012)

K&L Notes

14% abv

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Rhone Blends

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France

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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