Loved by our customers and wine collectors worldwide, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the southern Rhône’s best red. It’s also expensive. However, as wine trade insiders know, it pays to look east, where tiny Vacqueyras (pronounced ‘Va-kay-rass’) is home to fabulous reds at a fraction of the price – essentially, what you’d have paid for Châteauneuf before it was famous. These days, they’re big news:
“Châteauneuf-du-Pape is beloved for its rich character and beguiling aromas – but it's also pricey. The reds from the neighboring region Vacqueyras make excellent stunt doubles for everyday drinking.” – The Wall Street Journal
“The top wines are gorgeous, with approachable, voluptuous and sexy profiles that drink beautifully for upwards of a decade.” – Robert Parker
Here’s a Vacqueyras you won’t want to miss. Making its U.S. debut, this classic Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre is from Pierre Marseille’s tiny family domaine, where gnarly, high-altitude 55-year-old vines produce reds with an exceptionally concentrated, rich red- and black-fruit character. Icing on the cake: the southern Rhône’s 93 Wine Spectator-Point 2012 vintage is being heralded for reds that are “fine-grained and lengthy, with deliciously ripe flavors.”
Full of beguiling red berry and succulent dark fruit, lifted by floral and spice undertones, this is a prime partner for roasted meats and more. However, you’ll need to be quick to enjoy it –it’s nearly impossible to find this wine in the U.S., and we only have a little to go around.