Domaine de la Charbonniere Vacqueyras 2017 - 750ml

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91-93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

A representative tank sample of the 2017 Vacqueyras showed impressive ripeness and concentration. Leather and clove notes accent blueberry fruit in this full-bodied blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. It finishes long and creamy in texture. 

Only the entry-level 2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pape had been bottled at the time of my visit, so most of the ratings for the wines of this domaine are still preliminary. That said, the final blends for the top cuvées had been made, and they were slated to be bottled the following week, so I'm reasonably confident they will turn out as predicted. Don't neglect the wines being produced from the family's 20 hectares in the Sarrians sector of Vacqueyras, which boasts clay-and-galets soils not dissimilar from certain parts of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  Joe Czerwinski

92pts Jeb Dunnuck

Moving to the reds and just bottled, the 2017 Vacqueyras (60/40 Grenache and Syrah) is a medium to full-bodied, ripe, balanced effort that has loads of black fruits, truffle, olive, and peppery herb aromas and flavors. Due to miserable yields, there was no Special Cuvée produced, so this cuvée includes those parcels that normally go into the more expensive cuvée. It’s going to keep for 8-10 years.

91pts James Suckling

Very attractive wild raspberries and red plums on offer here with a brambly, poached red-fruit palate, ribbon-smooth tannins and a lick of spice to close. Drink over the next four years.

Winemaker Notes

Opulent notes of dark cherries,raspberries, and dried herbs . The mouth is utterly elegant with beautiful length driven by black berries and licorice.

Blend: 60% Grenache, 40% Syrah