Domaine du Grand Prieur, AOP Vacqueyras, Rouge, 2018

Story

The wine
Domaine du Grand Prieur is one of the oldest estates in Cru Vacqueyras. This beautiful property dates back to the year 980. Located in the Hautes Garrigues in Sarrians, it has a long, rich history. Guillaume the 1st, Count of Provence and Lord Prior of Sarrians, created the vineyard. For over 10 centuries, the estate had many ups and downs, mirroring the history of France. Today, Domaine du Grand Prieur continues to produce wine thanks to the Gras family, who acquired the property in 1880. Today, Léo Gras and his two sons look after the vines in the long family tradition.
Terroir
This Vacqueyras owns the richness in a pebbly and clayey soil.
Vinification
For over a century, our philosophy has been to let our magnificent terroir express its full potential. This approach determines everything we do in the vineyards and winery: minimal use of fertilizer, picking the grapes at full ripeness, and a combination of traditional and modern winemaking methods.
Varietals
Grenache noir : 47%
Syrah : 47%
Cinsault : 3%
Mourvèdre : 3%
Specifications
Alcohol content: 15 % vol.

Advice

Tasting notes
This wine is very aromatic and slightly spicy, with hints of red and black fruit, morello cherries, and violets. It is full-bodied on the palate with smooth, ripe tannin. The beautiful, long aftertaste features hints of garrigue and liquorice.
Food pairing
Ideal with duck and black olives, roast free-range poultry, and courgette flower fritters.

Reviews

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1er Prix Super Jury
89-91+/100
"The 2018 Vacqueyras Domaine Du Grand Prieur is a pretty, perfumed, impeccably balanced barrel sample based on 47% each of Grenache and Syrah, with the balance Cinsault and Mourvèdre. Completely destemmed and brought up in concrete, its vivid purple color is followed by complex blue fruits, incense, ripe cherry and spice-laced aromas and flavors. It’s medium-bodied, elegant, nicely balanced, and while it’s not a blockbuster, it has terrific length on the palate." [+]
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