Montirius Vacqueyras Le Clos 2016


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“A 50-50 blend of Grenache and Syrah, the 2016 Vacqueyras le Clos is even better than the excellent Garrigues. Herbal, peppery notes accent mixed berries and black olives in this full-bodied, creamy-textured beauty. Complex and complete, it finishes with supple tannins and tremendous length. Drink: 2018-2030. 94 points

Proprietors Eric and Christine Saurel have been practicing biodynamics since 1999. The 58-hectare domaine includes 38 different sites in Vacqueyras, Gigondas and nearby Côtes du Rhône and Vin de Pays. Daughters Justine (winemaking) and Manon (hospitality) are now both working with their parents at the domaine. As always here, no wood is used in the winemaking, and all of the reds are aged in concrete vats. It’s always a treat to watch Eric sampling from these from above with a dipper. “For us,” said Christine, “2016 is something else—such a silky vintage.” Spirit-loving visitors to the estate can now taste how terroir survives the distillation process, as the family is now offering limited quantities of La Fine Vacqueyras and La Fine Gigondas.”

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (239)