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Clos des Cazaux Vacqueyras Blanc Vieilles Vignes
Domaine Le Clos des Cazaux
France - Rhone Valley - Vacqueyras AOC

The wine shows a beautiful golden color. The aromas are rich and exotic with mango, almonds, toast, lemon, pineapple white flowers and papaye. These aromas will develop to honey, butter and pear after ageing for a few years. The finish is long, citrusy and toasty.

Specifications
Appellation
Vacqueyras AOC
Wine Type
White
Varietal(s)
50% Clairette, 30% Roussanne and 20% Viognier
Age of vines
70 years minimum
Agricultural Practices
Sustainable
Soil type
Slopes of sandy soil facing south east
Vinification
After a few hours skin contact, the grapes are pneumatically pressed. The must is kept at 20 degrees C during fermentation. Malolactic fermentation in barrel. Aged in 228 liter French oak barrel for 12 months with regular stirring of the lees.
Production
290 (9-liter cases)
Pairings

Enjoy this wine with rich dish, river fish or poultry cooking in creamy sauce. Delicious with a mushroom risotto.

Reviews and News

2017 Le Clos des Cazaux Vacqueyras Blanc Vieilles Vignes - 91+ PTS - JD

2017 Le Clos des Cazaux Vacqueyras Blanc Vieilles Vignes - 91+ PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"Another terrific white from this appellation is the 2017 Vacqueyras Vieilles Vignes Blanc from Clos De Caveau. Based largely on Clairette (there’s 20% Roussanne and 10% Viognier) brought up in Burgundy barrels, it offers vibrant notes of white peach and pineapple as well a touch of honeyed minerality. With a kiss of background oak, medium body, terrific freshness and purity, and a great finish, it needs another 6-12 months of bottle age but is a smoking good wine."

- Jeb Dunnuck (September 2019, Southern Rhône Part 2: 2017 & 2018 from Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Cairanne, and Rasteau), 91+ pts

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2016 Le Clos des Cazaux Vacqueyras Blanc Vieilles Vignes - 92 PTS - Vinous

2016 Le Clos des Cazaux Vacqueyras Blanc Vieilles Vignes - 92 PTS - Vinous

vinous logo"Limpid yellow. Intensely perfumed, mineral-laced aromas of fresh and dried pit fruits, jasmine and honey carry strong iodine and anise overtones. Smoky minerality adds lift and cut to ripe orchard and pit fruit flavors, and a touch of lemon zest lends a refreshingly bitter edge. Gains flesh with air and finishes with impressively persistent orange and nectarine flavors and a strong echo of dusty minerals. There's something Burgundian going on here that I find extremely appealing.- Josh Raynolds"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2018), 92 pts

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2016 Le Clos des Cazaux Vacqueyras Blanc Vieilles Vignes - 91 PTS - WE

2016 Le Clos des Cazaux Vacqueyras Blanc Vieilles Vignes - 91 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 91 pts"Wafts of vanilla, spice and toast accent ripe but slightly muted yellow peach and tangerine flavors in this oak-aged wine. Made predominantly from Clairette and smaller proportions of Roussanne and Viogner, it's full bodied and richly styled. It appeals to lovers of lavishly oaked wines but maintains balance and elegance. Enjoy now–2023. - ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA"

- Wine Enthusiast (March 2019), 91 pts

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2016 Le Clos des Cazaux Vacqueyras Blanc Vieilles Vignes - 91 PTS - JD

2016 Le Clos des Cazaux Vacqueyras Blanc Vieilles Vignes - 91 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"White flowers, lavender, buttered citrus and hints of barrique emerge from the 2016 Vacqueyras Vieilles Vignes Blanc, which medium-bodied, textured, and has building richness. A blend of 70% Clairette, 20% Roussanne, and 10% Viognier, it's a white for the table that should keep for 2-4 years."

- Jeb Dunnuck (September 2018), 91 pts

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2015 Le Clos des Cazaux Vacqueyras Blanc Vieilles Vignes - 91 PTS - JD

2015 Le Clos des Cazaux Vacqueyras Blanc Vieilles Vignes - 91 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The estate makes a single white and the 2015 Vacqueyras Blanc Vieilles Vignes is certainly noteworthy. Notes of apple blossom, citrus, white flowers and hints of minerality all emerge from this medium-bodied, rounded, impeccably balanced beauty that’s ideal for drinking over the coming 2-4 years. This cuvée is a blend of 50% Clairette (from 50-year-old vines), 30% Roussanne and the balance Viognier, aged 11 months in barrel, 35% being new."

- Jeb Dunnuck (October 2017), 91 pts

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Producer Information: Domaine Le Clos des Cazaux

Founded in 1905 by Gabriel Archimbaud, Domaine Clos de Cazaux is now run by his grandsons Jean-Michel and Frédéric Vache.
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