2010 Montirius "Le Clos" Vacqueyras (Previously $25)
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.
Blackish crimson. But there is lift on the nose! Unexpectedly. Some Syrah surely here? Very glossy, ambitious whole. Polished but not specious.
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.
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