2010 Montirius "Le Clos" Vacqueyras (Previously $25)

SKU #1111729 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (a 50/50 blend of grenache and syrah): Opaque ruby. Cherry, dark berries and licorice on the nose, with mineral and Indian spice nuance gaining power with air. Deeply concentrated yet impressively lively on the palate, offering incisive blackberry and bitter cherry flavors with a hint of lavender pastille. Dusty tannins give shape and grip to the very long spicy/floral finish. This Vacqueyras is built for aging.  (1/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Blackish crimson. But there is lift on the nose! Unexpectedly. Some Syrah surely here? Very glossy, ambitious whole. Polished but not specious.  (12/ 2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The more modern-styled 2010 Vacqueyras Les Clos (equal parts Grenache and Syrah from a lieu-dit called Comtat) is also aged in concrete vats for a minimum of 12-18 months. The average age of these vines is 25 years. The wine reveals earthy, floral notes intermixed with licorice as well as hints of truffles and meat. It, too, should be drunk over the next 3-4 years.  (10/ 2012)

K&L Notes

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 10years. 14.5% abv

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By: Mulan Chan-Randel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/21/2013  | Send Email
Montirius' "Le Clos" takes its name from the fact that the 8.5 hectare vineyard is surrounded on all sides by forest. This is Vacqueyras at its finest and most characterful. Gutsy and deep, while all the while never succumbing to boorish overipeness. It would make a great compliment to beef bavette or roasted pork chops.

By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/30/2012  | Send Email
A wonderful wine that is delicious and interesting. The Montirius Le Clos has bright fruit that is balanced and complemented by a hint minerals and a dry finish. It is full bodied and should go well with meats and other hearty foods.

By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/6/2012  | Send Email
Dark, complex, savory, and spicy what more can you ask for? Oh yeah, Biodynamic too.

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/9/2012  | Send Email
I am very pleased we have added the wines of Montirius to our ever expanding Direct Import program. This estate works entirely biodynamically and never uses new wood in any of their wines, striving for a purer, more elegant expression of fruit and terroir, which is why their wines have always stood out to me amidst the sea of competition as a step above in elegance and craft for the price. The 2010 "Le Clos" Vacqueryas offers an intense, Syrah-driven nose (despite being half Grenache), with signature smokey, gamy aromas and notes of cracked black pepper. The palate is densely packed with meaty fruit that is held up by very well structured tannins and impressive acidity. This has much to offer now, but given its structure seems poised to develop beautifully over time.

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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
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