2012 Domaine Le Colombier "Cuvée G" Vacqueyras (Previously $30)

SKU #1270887 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of the top Vacqueyras out there, the 2012 Vacqueyras G is an even split of Grenache and Syrah that’s aged 12 months in barrel. Tasting more like a Chateauneuf du Pape than a Vacqueyras, it boasts stunning notes of black raspberry, kirsch, licorice, roasted meats and spice-box, all of which have sticking purity, freshness and detail. Full-bodied, voluptuous and also concentrated, this is one sexy 2012 to drink over the coming 7-8 years, if not longer. (JD)  (1/2015)

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By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/3/2016 | Send Email
Extremely well balanced, polished and seamless Vacqueyras! It's full of energy, rich in fresh blackcurrant and black raspberry preserve flavors, very long on the finish. This wine has soft tannins but firm structure overall thanks to the great balance between acidity and fruit. Serious and delicious wine!

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/3/2016 | Send Email
This wine, 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah, is a beautiful and concentrated expression of Vacqueyras! The Mourres have been running Domaine le Colombier since 1962, and accordingly the ‘G’ refers to family patriarch, Gilbert. On the nose, you get strong cola-berry and black currant notes with hints of lavender and lilac, and a touch of toasted oak from a year in once-used barriques. The texture is incredible, with smooth, fully integrated tannins and notes of tobacco leaf, earthy spice and just a touch of menthol.

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/2/2016 | Send Email
I have to agree with my colleague, just close your eyes and you'd swear on a stack of old Wine Spectators this was a pricey Chateauneuf-du-Pape... well almost! Dark-purple in color, bursting with generous, aromatic black fruits, this is a fleshy, rather flashy Vacqueyras of verve and power, with savory, meaty notes, garrigue, and plenty of peppery spice and licorice, all held together by smoothly-layered tannins and an immodest, chewy finish. Excellent and thoroughly enjoyable from a region that continues to deliver remarkable wines for well below value. Highly recommended.

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2016 | Send Email
Had I not known this was Vacqueras, I would have thought it was a well made Chateauneuf-du-Pape. In contrast to the more classically framed 2011, the fruit here is more immediate and exuberant. This full-bodied Rhone offers tremendous concentrated black and red fruit with subtle notes of pepper, deli meat spicing and licorice and a very long finish. This is a lot of wine at $25 and Rhone red fans will certainly want to pick up a bottle or two before it sells out.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

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 (%): 14.5