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Domaine de Montvac Vacqueyras ‘Arabesque’ 2009

T. Edward Wines, Domaine Montvac, Organic Wine Importer

Awarded 90 points, the Domaine de Montvac Vacqueyras ‘Arabesque’ 2009  was named one of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines for 2009.  A blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre,  from organically farmed but not certified vines that range in age from 25 to 40 years old, the ‘Arabesque’ 2009 is spontaneously fermented and aged for eight months in cement tanks.

Vinified together at the hands of Cecile Dusserre, a fifth-generation vintner at this 153-year-old matrilineal estate, the three varietals are planted at 140 meters to soils of chalky clay.  With low yields of 60hl/ha to provide maximum concentration,  the vineyards here are subject to the Mistral winds that cool the Rhone, with pine trees that line the plot  to help protect the vines from Mistral gusts.

“…nature often favors Vacqueyras and Gigondas in hot years like ’09,” writes Josh Raynolds of Stephen Tanzer’s Winophilia.  “Thanks to the fact that these appellations lie to the north of Chateauneuf and at higher altitude, they enjoy cooler conditions regardless of vintage, which helps the wines retain energy and freshness.”

Incredibly fresh indeed, the ‘Arabesque’ 2009 is drinking beautifully now, though it will also age well through 2017.  With aromas of incensed earth and notes of plum, black cherry and blackberry fruit, the Domaine de Montvac Vacqueyras ‘Arabesque’ 2009 offers acidity that guides the palate toward the finish, accompanied by tannins that lift with a slight grip. Deep and rich enough for the coldest of winter days, yet also elegant and bright, this Vacqueyras can compete with a number of higher priced wines from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, yet we’re pleased to offer it to you at an excellent price point.

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