Arnoux & Fils Vacqueyras  2012 750ml
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Arnoux & Fils Vacqueyras 2012

Arnoux & Fils - Rhone Valley - France - Vacqueras

Professional Wine Reviews for Arnoux & Fils Vacqueyras 2012

Rated 91 by Robert Parker
The 2012 Vacqueyras is a possibly outstanding effort thatís comprised of 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. Aged 6 months in foudre, it has a complex, layered profile with loads of fruit, a full, rich mid-palate and sweet tannin that comes through on the finish. As with the other efforts, it should be approachable on release and drink nicely for 4-5 years.
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Winery: Arnoux & Fils

Vintage: 2012

2012 has, so far been a positive year for wineries around the world. While it may be a little too early to speak of the wines being made in the northern hemisphere, European and North American wineries have already begun reporting that their harvesting season has been generally very good, and are predicting to continue with the kind of successes they saw in 2011. However, 2012 has been something of a late year for France, due to unpredictable weather throughout the summer, and the grapes were ripening considerably later than they did in 2011 (which was, admittedly, an exceptionally early year). French wineries are claiming, though, that this could well turn out to be advantageous, as the slow ripening will allow the resulting wines to express more flavour and features of the terroir they are grown in. The southern hemisphere has seen ideal climatic conditions in most of the key wine producing countries, and Australia and New Zealand particularly had a superb year, in particular with the Bordeaux varietal grapes that grow there and which love the humidity these countries received plenty of. Also enjoying a fantastic year for weather were wineries across Argentina and Chile, with the Mendoza region claiming that 2012 will be one of their best vintages of the past decade. Similar claims are being made across the Chilean wine regions, where Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon had an especially good year. These two grape varietals also produced characterful wines on the coastal regions of South Africa this year.

Region: Rhone Valley

For over two thousand years, the southern French region of the Rhone Valley has been home to wine-makers and wineries of many different types. The ancient Greeks were the first to discover that a wide range of grape varietals can flourish in the rich soils and micro-climates which typify the region, and little has changed to this day. In the modern age, the Rhone Valley is recognized around the world as the home of excellent quality white, red and rosť wines, as well as some of the most highly respected blended wines on earth. The region is split into two distinctive sub-regions, with the cooler, continental northern sub-region producing primarily Syrah, Marsanne, Roussane and Viognier wines of exquisite quality, and the hotter southern sub-region growing a much wider variety of grapes.

Country: France

It is widely understood and accepted that the finest wines in the world come out of France. Whether you are drinking a vintage bottle from one of the famed Grand Cru wineries of Bordeaux - such as Chateau Margaux or Chateau Lafite-Rothschild - or a more simple and affordable bottle from one of the lesser known appellations in Burgundy, the likelihood is that the wine is packed full of intense and interesting flavors, and has a fine, balanced structure typical of almost all French produce. This reputation for excellence is taken extremely serious by the French, with dozens of regularly updated laws and regulations ensuring the quality and accurate labeling of wines. Such dedication and passion for fine wine, representative of the region in which it is produced, means customers can be assured that when they buy a bottle from France, they are buying something almost certain to please and delight.

Appellation: Vacqueras

The red wines of Vacqueyras in France's iconic Rhone Valley have long been respected and held in high esteem by wine experts and drinkers around the world. Vacqueyras is famed for its red wines, made predominantly from the excellent Grenache grapes which grow wonderfully in the mineral rich and fertile soils of the sub-region. Being a hilly area, Vacqueyras is lucky to benefit from a unique micro-climate, which shields the vineyards from any harsh weather, and ensures that the vines stay cool, thus producing grapes holding plenty of elegant character and lots of interesting flavors and aromas. As with much of the Rhone Valley, traditional techniques and methods are commonly used in Vacqueyras, and their six hundred year old heritage is something every Vacqueyras winemaker wishes to put across in their bottles.