Vacqueyras, Dom. le Sang des Cailloux
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Vacqueyras, Dom. le Sang des Cailloux - 2019

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Production Methods




Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.

Tasting Notes

In every new vintage, Serge Férigoule renames this cuvée for one of his three daughters, who all have typical Basque names. The wine is always dark, unfiltered, and rustic, with notes of leather and wet earth.

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Staff Pick Notes

I invite you to step outside your Châteauneuf-du-Pape comfort zone for a moment and take a trip 20 km northeast to the venerable appellation of Vacqueyras. While it may not share the same level of reverence or recognition as Chateauneuf, Vacqueyras is one of the top crus of the Southern Rhône and produces bold, voluptuous red wines that deserve your love and affection. Domaine le Sang des Cailloux ("the blood of stones", pretty badass), makes a wonderful Grenache-based blend with some Mourvèdre and a solid helping of Syrah to add some tannin, acidity, and rich black fruit. This unfined, unfiltered, hand-harvested gem of a wine brings ripe blackberries and plums to the party with leathery, earthy, rustic undertones. Serve this up at your next barbecue and smile.

- MM

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