- Domaine le Clos de Cazaux
- Grenache / Syrah / Mourvèdre
- 2021 - 2028
- Case size
Goedhuis, October 2017
This Grenache based blend (65%) with 30% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre is vinified with no hint of new oak, and draws on the old Grenache vines for its concentration and intensity. A three week maceration gives the wine its deep colour and brooding liquorice notes. There is a plumpness to the ripe fruit surrounding the structural tannins. Jean-Michel says without doubt it is the best vintage they have made since 2001, and should begin drinking from a little earlier than some previous vintages.
Domaine le Clos de Cazaux
Brothers Jean-Michel and Frédéric Vache run this Southern Rhône estate with passion, determination and a great enthusiasm for their region. With an aversion to oak ageing, they are more interested in expressing the fruit character of the varieties and their terrific terroirs. Alongside this philosophy, late picking, long maceration periods, and extended élevages give the wines their signature primal density. This estate is an excellent source of good value wines.
Vacqueyras is one of the newest appellations to emerge from the southern Rhône, moving up from Côtes du Rhône Villages in 1990. As a result, it also is one of the least known. Stylistically, its wines are rich and plump with more complexity and concentration than Côtes du Rhônes, but perhaps slightly less concentration than its neighbouring appellation, Gigondas. Like most things, though, this depends on the producer and vintage. Vacqueyras is made all three colours - red, white and rosé, mostly from 4 varieties - Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan though the red is by far the most dominant. Due to its lesser known reputation, these wines often offer excellent value for money.