90-92+ Jeb DUNNUCK for PARKER
91-93 Josh RAYNOLDS for TANZER
Wine dark and bright color. Sparkle and elegance on the nose with aromas of black fruit, garrigue, tapenade, but also graphite.The mouth is lovely: sweetness and roundness in attack then the flesh. The finish is long with tannins on the cherry and blond tobacco enhanced with grilled button.
Matches well with stew, grilled red meat, and why not just accompanied by a cigar?
Castillon, Domaine du clos, Vacqueyras, 2012
Qualitative « Terroir » of the “garrigues of Vacqueyras”. Stony, calcareous-clayey soil with a big proportion of round smooth pebbles.
Planting density: 4000 vines per hectare. Yield: 35
Hectolitres per hectare.
Harvesting is done manually in late September. Winemaking is traditional (destemmed and crushed), then placed in a tank with two daily pumping and a double load shedding until racking.
During 16 months, the wine is aged in barrels for maturation and bottled for optimum aging.