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Staff Pick

Vacqueyras, Dom. du Grand Prieur - 2015

Item # 28271 750mL
$24.96/ Single Bottle
$299.52 $269.57/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

This supple and aromatic Rhône blend oozes characterful wild fruits and cherries, elevated by bunches of violets on the nose. An ample body supports the abundant fruit profile and a good streak of anise, scrubland herbs, and wood spice complete the picture. A firm, textbook Vacqueyras like this is a must for braised meats, like lamb shanks or shoulder. The Domaine du Grand Prieur is an ancient estate, first created in 980 by William the First, Comte de Provence, Seigneur-Prieur of Sarrians. In 1880, the ancestors of the Gras family restored this magnificent Domaine located in the Hautes-Garrigues de Sarrians.

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Staff Pick Notes

There's a reason they've been making wine on the site of Grand Prieur vineyard since the 10th century, this particular terroir in the southern Rhône makes really good wine. For years Vacqueyras and Gigondas have been my go-to regions when I wouldn't/couldn't shell out beaucoup bucks for Châteauneuf-du-Pape. After all, they use the same grapes and make similar big and bold earthy reds as their more famous neighbor but at a fraction of the cost. This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 50% Syrah, and shows blackberry, plum, anise, and Provençal herbs. It's got great acidity and firm, smooth tannins that make it an excellent pairing with lamb or duck. Delicious!


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