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Domaine de Longue Toque Vacqueyras
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Domaine de Longue Toque Vacqueyras 2016

Vacqueyras, Southern Rhone, Rhone Valley, FranceOf the 28 hectares of vineyards at Meffre, six hectares are in the AOP Vacqueyras, in the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail Mountains. The different plots are spread out between Sarrians and Vacqueyras, on two distinctive terroirs known to produce elegant and structured wines. A hot, dry growing season was blessed by late August rains that revived the fruit just before harvest. 2016 is a 50/50 mix of grenache and syrah. Described as vegan-friendly, the wine is lively on the entry, with vibrant red and black fruit. A blend of incense-like garrigue is woven into wine, counterbalancing the ripe fruit. Delicious in that focused, powerful Vacqueyras way. You can age this a decade, but it is possible to enjoy it now (if decanted) with grilled lamb chops or other similarly intense menu items. Good value.Tasted: 22 March 2020Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 35.99 BCLS Producer: Gabriel MeffreDistributors: Kirkwood Diamond Canada
Blend: Grenache - Syrah