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Clos des Cazaux Vacqueyras Cuvee Grenat Noble
Domaine Le Clos des Cazaux
France - Rhone Valley - Vacqueyras AOC

This wine is the result of extraordinary weather conditions. The first cuvée was produced in 1992 when violent storms and floods affected the region (especially Vaison la Romaine). The following days were radiant and accompanied by Mistral winds. We could then continue to harvest or more precisely harvest what remained of a rotten crop - but a noble rotten crop!
Following our first involuntary test of 1992, we wanted to reproduce this wine but we had to wait until 1995 to isolate the parcels that were capable of producing this noble rot. Unfortunately, the "noble" phenomenon does not occur every year despite late harvests (October 15).

The resulting wine is offers aromas of small red berries (cherries, raspberries), liquorice, fig, honey, fruit brandy and plum. It is elegant, supple and smooth on the palate with a firm, generous and suave structure. A beautiful length on spices and cherry.

Specifications
Appellation
Vacqueyras AOC
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
100% Grenache
Age of vines
50 years minimum
Agricultural Practices
Sustainable
Soil type
Clay slopes
Vinification
Handpicked harvest; uncrushed, whole cluster fermentation. Soft pump-over and vatting about 20 days (according to vintage).Aged three years in tank and in old oak. No fining, light filtration to remove natural deposit.
Pairings

This Grenache nectar marries will with dishes such as pan-fried foie gras in honey and fig preserve, leg of lamb with preserved fruits accompanied by local cereal "epautre" or other sweet and sour dishes.

Reviews and News

2018 Le Clos des Cazaux Vacqueyras Cuvee Grenat Noble - 90-92 PTS - JD

2018 Le Clos des Cazaux Vacqueyras Cuvee Grenat Noble - 90-92 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"Not yet bottled, the purple-hued 2018 Vacqueyras Grenat Noble comes mostly from very old vine Grenache and is raised in tank. It’s a medium to full-bodied, incredibly Provençal red that has classic black cherry fruit as well as notes of garrigue, violets, and peppery spice. My money is on it being an outstanding wine."

- Jeb Dunnuck (September 2019, Southern Rhône Part 2: 2017 & 2018 from Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Cairanne, and Rasteau), 90-92 pts

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2015 Le Clos des Cazaux Vacqueyras Cuvee Grenat Noble - 93 PTS - VINOUS

2015 Le Clos des Cazaux Vacqueyras Cuvee Grenat Noble - 93 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(raised in a combination of 80% concrete tanks and 20% 300-liter oak barrels, a quarter of them new) Bright ruby. Spice-accented aromas of black raspberry and cherry liqueur are complemented by sexy floral and smoky mineral overtones. Sweet and expansive in the mouth, offering juicy red and blue fruit flavors complicated by hints of allspice and candied licorice. Silky and energetic in character, delivering firm finishing thrust, slow-building tannins and strong, mineral-dominated persistence. -Josh Raynolds"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2018), 93 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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