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Colline Saint Jean Vacqueyras Rouge 2015

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 Wine Advocate: 92
Country:France
Regions:Rhone
Vacqueyras
Grape Type:Grenache
Winery:Colline St-Jean
Product Description

Colline Saint Jean Vacqueyras Rouge is made from 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre.

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:

"What looks to be a smokin’ good wine, the 2015 Vacqueyras dishes up tons of smoked herbs, licorice, spice and ripe dark fruits in a rounded, impressively textured style. Made from 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah and a splash of Mourvèdre, mostly destemmed and aged in concrete (there’s a small part in foudre), it should provide tons of pleasure over the coming decade. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #228, December 2016), 90-92 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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Review:

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