2012 Domaine Le Couroulu "Vieilles Vignes" Vacqueyras
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Even more impressive, the 2012 Vacqueyras Vieilles Vignes is an inky colored blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah that also was aged completely in concrete tank. Loaded with mineral-laced blackberry fruit, earth, wild herbs and roasted meat-like aromas and flavors, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness and depth, bright acidity and stunning purity of fruit. More than a little impressive, it’s an age-worthy 2012 that should benefit from a year or two in bottle and have over a decade of longevity. Don’t miss it! These two smoking Vacqueyras stood out in my tastings and this estate needs to be on every reader’s radar! (JD)
Delicious, with energetic bitter plum, currant and boysenberry coulis flavors that race along, with mouthwatering black tea and singed mesquite notes. A pleasant iron hint underscores the finish, giving the fruit extra time to play out. Drink now through 2017. 125 cases imported. (JM)
Opaque ruby. Vibrant cherry and blueberry scents, with a strong floral accent and building spiciness. Sweet black and blue fruit flavors show good vibrancy and clarity, with a hint of licorice emerging on the back half. Finishes chewy and spicy, with dusty tannins and an echo of juicy dark berries. (JR)
Importer Notes: Domaine Le Couroulu, founded in 1928 and still owned by the Ricard family, is known for producing some of the most full-bodied Vacqueyras and other wines from their 20 hectares of old Grenache and Syrah vines. The estate is named for the Curlew bird, which is known in Provencal dialect as Couroulu: this bird is the signature emblem on the domaine’s labels. Only roughly 700 cases per year are produced which come from two parcels of Grenache planted by Guy’s grandfather in 1932 and a smaller plot of Syrah planted in 1960. These old vines have extremely low yields, giving the wine its exceptional concentration.