Les Hauts de Castellas - Vieilles Vignes, AOC Vacqueyras, Rouge, 2018

Story

The wine
The word «Castellas» comes from Provençal patois meaning the ruins of a château. The vestiges of the Château de Vacqueyras bear witness to centuries of history. It stands watch over the town, as well as our terroir and our old Grenache vines growing high up on rocky terraces with river stones.
Terroir
Mainly produced from vines on plateaux at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail, this wine is a blend of wines from various terroirs with claylimestone soil mixed with river stones.
Vinification
The grapes are entirely hand picked. Very low yields account for superb concentration. The Syrah and Grenache are fermented separately using traditional methods. The Grenache is patiently aged in large casks for 12 months to soften the tannin, whereas the Syrah is aged in small new barrels. The blend is one of the reasons that contributes to the magic of this superb wine.
Varietals
Grenache noir : 50%
Syrah : 45%
Mourvèdre : 5%
Specifications
Alcohol content: 14.5 % vol.

Advice

Tasting notes
The extraordinarily rich bouquet has luscious hints of candied black fruit, blueberries and spice which tell us that this is a great Vacqueyras. Vieilles Vignes is full-bodied and rich on the palate with velvety tannin. This cuvee has a beautiful liquorice aftertaste as well as obviously fine ageing
Food pairing
A prestigious wine for important occasions, best served capon roasted with truffles, pigeon stuffed with foie gras, vegetables stewed and risottos.

Reviews

90-92/100
"I suspect the 2018 Vacqueyras Les Hauts De Castellas Vieilles Vignes will be an outstanding wine. Brought up in foudre and older barrels, it offers beautiful cassis and black raspberry notes to go with a medium-bodied, elegant texture, fine tannins, subtle background oak, and outstanding length. There’s loads to love here and it’s well worth seeking out." [+]
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