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Colline Saint Jean Vacqueyras Rouge 2010

Country:France
Regions:Rhone
Vacqueyras
Winery:Colline St-Jean
Grape Type:Grenache
Vintage:2010
Bottle Size:750 ml
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Dense ruby/purple color as well as an impressive bouquet of red and black fruits (cherry, raspberry, black currant), licorice, garrigue and pepper.
The wine is dense, full-bodied, opulent and impressively endowed with sweet, well-integrated tannins.

Harvested by hand. Traditional vinification. Skin-contact maceration for 20 days in cement vats. Ageing: 70% in cement vats and 30% in oak barrels.

Pairs well with red meat, white meat, game dishes in macerate sauce and cheese.

 


Review:

(raised for a year in 80% concrete tanks and usedbarriques): Full ruby. Lively aromas of ripe red and blue fruit, licorice and lavender are complemented by a suggestion of white pepper. Supple and broad on entry, then tighter in the midpalate, offering juicy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a subtle touch of spicecake. Shows very good depth as well as vivacity, finishing with slow-building tannins and minerally persistence.

-- Josh Raynolds Vinous 90 Points

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 90
Colline Saint Jean Vacqueyras Vieilles Vignes 2017

Colline Saint Jean Vacqueyras Vieilles Vignes is made from 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah.

This wine has a deep purple color, with an intense nose of ripe black fruits, plum, brandied cherries, and chocolate. In the mouth, the wine has rich flavors of black fruits. It is meaty, well-structured, and the tannins are round and elegant.

The juice is aged in concrete tanks for 18 months. The lack of oak helps to frame in the bright and defined dark berry flavors of the old vine grapes. I can not recall another red wine that displays this depth yet displays on the palate with such refreshing acidity.

Vieilles Vignes means old vines.For this specific wine, the age of the vines are comprised between 85 and 110 years old.

Traditional method. Manually picked. Harvest carefully sorted and 100% destemed. Maceration with skins during 20 days in cement vats. Large work of pump over to push the cap.

Red meat, game, white meat, poultry, dishes in sauce, cheese, chocolate dessert.


 

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Lean and light with apricot and red currant aromas.

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Jean-Claude et Nicolas Fayolle Hermitage Rouge Donnieres is made from  100% Syrah.

Made from 40-year-old vines planted on granitic and rocky soils in the Lieu dit "Les Donnieres" at the bottom of the Hermitage's hill.


Intense inky ruby red color. 
The wine has plenty to offer with red and black fruit aromas, as well as a good minerality. 
The finish is very long, clean and juicy and offers a great spicy mouthfeel.

Soil is clay, silica and round pebbles.
Hand harvested in small crates. The grapes are then pumped into tanks (full cluster, not destemmed). 
It will stay in this tank for 15 days for the skin contact maceration and the Alcoholic fermentation.
Tey will also use the "rack and return" technique (delestage).
Then the wine is transfered into neutral French Oak barrels where the wine will complete the Malo-Lactic fermentation.

Delicious with grilled red meat such as venison or lamb and most cheeses.

Review:

"If the prebottling sample of the Fayolles' 2017 Hermitage Les Dionnieres is truly representative, purchasers will be in for a treat. It's inky dark in color, with a cassis-laden nose that's marked by hints of crushed stone. It's full-bodied and concentrated, tannic without being hard or overdone, and despite ample ripeness, there's structure and freshness. It looks to be the complete package and potentially in the same ballpark (quality-wise) as the impressive 2015. - Joe Czerwinski"

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 Wine Advocate: 96
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Product Description

Colline Saint Jean Vacqueyras Rouge 2010 is made from 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre.
Harvested by hand.
Traditional vinification.
Skin-contact maceration for 20 days in cement vats.
Ageing: 70% in cement vats and 30% in oak barrels.

Dense ruby/purple color as well as an impressive bouquet of red and black fruits (cherry, raspberry, black currant), licorice, garrigue and pepper.
The wine is dense, full-bodied, opulent and impressively endowed with sweet, well-integrated tannins.
Pairs well with red meat, white meat, game dishes in macerate sauce and cheese.

"This family owned estate, currently run by Roland Alazard and his son, is composed of 35-hectare of vines located in Vin de Pays du Vaucluse, Cotes-du-Rhône, Vacqueyras, Gigondas and Beaumes de Venise. While they produce a number of cuvees, I was only able to taste their straight Vacqueyras for this report, and I have to say, I came away more than a little impressed as the wine showed uncommon finesses and elegance paired with serious concentration. I'm a fan and this is certainly a producer worth having on your radar screen.
A gorgeous Vacqueyras that's a blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre aged 70% in cement tank and 30% in barrique, the 2010 Domaine de la Colline Saint Jean Vacqueyras is exotic and perfumed, yielding creamy blackberry, raspberry, lavender, spring flowers, and green peppercorn aromatics that soar from the glass. Beautifully complex and nuanced, with a full-bodied, polished texture, impeccable balance, and an overall fresh, yet decadently rich profile, this knockout 2010 should be purchased by the cases, and consumed over the coming decade. Brilliant stuff and this screaming value is well worth the effort to track down."
- Jeb Dunnuck's Rhone Report (Issue#11, March 2012), 93 pts

"This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre sourced from a 14 hectares of 50 year old vines on soils of clay and limestone. The fruit was fermented with indigenous yeasts in cement vats before aging in 70% cement vat and 30% used oak barrels. Alcohol 14%. The medium strength nose reveals young pure fruit with a powerful pepper note and eventually blueberry jam. In the mouth the pepper fruit shines through as the wine puts on complexity in to the aftertaste. There are strong, fine+ drying tannins and sweet spices. On the second night the wine remains young with an added graphite note to the blueberry fruit, a racy aspect, and a dark note in the aftertaste. There is prominent structure to this modern styled wine. 2017-2025."
- Hogshead Wine Blog (September 4th 2012), ***(*)

"Plump and fleshy, with layers of linzer torte, currant confiture and cherry preserves laced with toasted anise and backed by a long, graphite-filled finish. Offers nice grip. Drink now through 2017. 5,000 cases made. –JM"
- Wine Spectator (July 31st 2012), 90 pts

Winery: Colline St-Jean

The Domaine St-Jean Estate
Located in the middle of the Cotes du Rhone, in the village of Vacqueyras, at the foot of Dentelles de Montmirail, Domaine de La Colline St. Jean has been a family-owned property for several generations.

The Domaine St-Jean Vineyard
They have 35 ha of vineyards in Vin de Pays du Vaucluse, Côtes-du-Rhône, Vacqueyras, Gigondas and Beaumes de Venise. Roland Alazard and his son preserve the character and the traditions of wine producers in their Cotes-du-Rhone wines. The hillside vineyards are heated by the sun giving the resulting wine a generous crimson robe, complex flavors and a delicate roundness on the palate.

  • number of hectares in Vacqueyras : 14 ha
  • Number of parcels : 6 parcels
  • Average age of the vines : 50 years
  • Sun exposure : south
  • Soil (terroir) : Clay/Limestone
  • Yield : 28 hl/ha in 2010

Vacqueyras AOC represent 1,690 hectares (4,191 acres), of which only 1,300 hectares (3,224 acres) are planted with vines.
Total production for the entire Vacqueyras AOC is roughly 42,775 hectoliters (474,089 twelve-bottle-case equivalent).

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