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2018 Domaine de Verquière Vacqueyras (Elsewhere $25)

SKU #1489613 92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Aromas of wet stones and ripe dark berries, as well as fresh pastry. The palate has a blueberry core with silky, smooth and supple texture. Grenache, syrah and cinsault. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

90-91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Brilliant violet. Lively, mineral-accented aromas of black raspberry, cherry and licorice slowly pick up a suave floral element as the wine stretches out. Juicy and precise, offering bitter cherry and red berry flavors that flesh out in the midpalate. Shows sharp focus and good intensity on a long, penetrating finish that features even tannins and a subtle lavender note. Raised in an 80/20 combination of concrete tanks and 400-liter oak barrels. (JR) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Already bottled, the 2018 Vacqueyras is also outstanding and is the same blend as the 2017. Ripe plums, blackberries, garrigue, and subtle floral notes all emerge from the glass, and it’s medium-bodied, elegant, and nicely textured and balanced on the palate. It’s not a massive wine yet has beautiful complexity. Inner quote mark (9/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Tasted blind. Succulent red fruit with enjoyable beefy complexity on the palate. Quite light and short, but very drinkable in the meantime. 16/20 points. (RH) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

K&L Notes

Thibaut Chamfort has taken the helm at this wonderful multi-generational estate property situated in the village of Sablet. Making wines from a variety of terroirs including - Rasteau, Plan de Dieu, Vacqueyras and of course Sablet, he uses organic practices and minimal intervention in his winemaking practices. Concrete tanks are used for fermentation and mix of tank and large foudre for elevage. Thibaut is making pure and decisive wines from the variety of his holdings. The Vacqueyras comes from a small parcel 20 minutes south of Sablet on the historic plateau known as "Les Garrigues" which is made up of primarily clay-limestone soils with lots of tiny pebbles. The wine is composed of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Cinsault and boasts an opaque color with saturated red berry fruit and loads of spice. A great example of the appellation and one of Thibaut's best wines.

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By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/24/2020 | Send Email
Hold on to your hats because this is quite possibly the best Vacqueyras from Domaine de Verquiere yet - and it's only $20. The Grenache explodes, teeming with mouth coating rich raspberry and plum fruits, a swift herbal kick on the midpalate and a loitering finish. Need a gift? Look no further. Need wine for Thanksgiving? No brainer. THIS is the Southern Rhone and it's fabulous.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/19/2020 | Send Email
This is a new WOW wine from Verquiere! I have long been a fan of this producer since we started importing it a few years ago, but this new Vacqueyras bottling is one of the best wines I have yet tasted from our most favored QPR producer. After acquiring a small lot in Vacqueyras, winemaker Thibaut Chamfort has sussed out the essence of this cru region with a generous dollop of lusty raspberries and cherries on the nose, but it is that seamless red and black fruit and garrigue driven palate that makes it pure Vacqueyras. It is rich, fruit filled and generous. If you have enjoyed the Rasteau and Sablet like I have, you must treat yourself to a bottle of this. I normally suggest a food pairing but this is a wine that just drinks with pure gusto on its own. But sure, grilled sausages and some crusty bread would help put something in by stomach so I can drink more of this delicious wine!

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