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This red combines fruity Grenache, peppery
Syrah and earthy Mourvèdre-a blend that’s
traditional in the southern Rhône.
What You Need To Know
France’s small Vacqueyras (vahk
ay rahs) appellation produces rich, spicy red wines similar to
those of Châteaneuf-du-Pape, its larger and more prestigious
neighbor in the southern Rhône Valley. Vacqueyras’s relative
obscurity means that its best wines can compete in quality with
Châteauneuf’s, but at more affordable prices. This bottling from
Domaine la Bouïssière is a case in point. Best known for their
formidable Gigondas reds, Gilles and Thierry Faravel make this
wine from two small plots of vines in Vacqueyras. One lies in the
district’s highest-elevation section, where cooler temperatures
produce spicier, earthier wines. By combining that juice with
some from lower-elevation vines, they’ve created a blend that
balances sweet fruit and savory complexity.
and herb aromas.
Spicy plum and earth flavors.
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be
cool to the touch.
Bold, earthy red meat and