REGION: Vacqueyras, Rhône, France
VARIETIES: Grenache 80%, Syrah 15%, Mouvèdre 5%
INFO: Domaine de l’Espigouette has now become an impeccable source of delicious wines which offer very good value. Rendements are kept low, 30-39hl/ha, and they have some 32 hectares including 1.5 hectares in Gigondas. A big new temperature controlled chai was finished just in time for the 2012 vintage. This enables them to have a single bottling for each wine and then to store in perfect conditions. The average age of the vines is not less than 40 years old. Vinification is traditional, in a mix of a little stainless steel and cement vats. Elevage is then in foudres. These are delicious, full-flavoured, old-fashioned, rich and spicy wines.
The nose is of herbs, particularly rosemary followed by a full palate of black fruits. Light oak adds perfect complexity. The mouth is weighty and the tannins are well integrated.
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