Arnoux et Fils Vacqueyras Seigneur de Lauris 2012

Vacqueyras 2012Rhone Red Blends from Rhone, France

70% grenache and 30% syrah

14% alcohol by volume

els 9.0/10

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 93

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate 90

The Rhone Valley, situated between the Massif Central to the east and the Alps to the west, in southern France, produces some of the truly great red blend wines of the world. The vineyards in this valley have practiced and perfected their craft before the Romans arrived in 154 BCE to defend Massilia (modern Marseille) from the Gaul’s. The wines, especially from the right bank of the Rhone, have been the favorites of kings and popes since the Latin and Greek Churches parted company in 1054.

Arnoux et Fils’ winery, on the right bank of the Rhone River and the slopes of the jagged Dentelles de Montmirail, has been in the Arnoux family since the early 1700s. The Dentelles de Montmirail, formed from the uplift and nearly vertical placement of Late Jurassic-Oxfordian fine grained basinal carbonates are the source of the winery’s poor rocky soils. The soils produce low yield, concentrated grape tannins and subsequently, wonderfully delicious and aromatic Rhone reds.

This wine has beautiful clear garnet hues which just beg you to enjoy outside on a Willie Nelson “Uncloudy Day“. Powerful aromas meet your nose with hints of raspberry, currant, black cherry, and prunes.  Whispers of mushrooms and cloves add to this delightful fragrance of liquid comfort. The tannins are smooth and easy, providing a nice balanced finish now and for years to come. Enjoy by itself or with a selection of pungent cheese and salami.


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