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

In southern France, one of the primary wine regions responsible for the production of a fine and varied range of wines is the Rhone Valley. Split into two large sub-regions, this expansive valley benefits from micro-climates which allow the wineries to grow a vast array of fine grape varietals. The northern region is the more limited one in regards to the amount of varietals grown, focusing predominantly on raising excellent quality Syrah, Marsanne, Roussane and Viognier vines for their distinctive and elegant range of wines. The southern region, on the other hand, has a beautifully Mediterranean climate, and is home to dozens of grape varietals which are used to produce white, red and rosť wines, alongside some of the most famous and widely loved blended wines in the world.

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 small French wine commune of Vacqueyras in the Rhone Valley is one of France's well kept secrets. For over six hundred years, the winemakers of this village have shown an extraordinary dedication to traditional wine making and wines of the highest quality, which has led to their produce being highly esteemed and respected within certain circles of experts and critics. The wines of Vacqueyras are almost always red, and commonly blended, with Grenache grapes playing the major role. These Grenache grapes grow extremely well on the valley floor, shielded from the harsher aspects of the weather by nearby ranges of hills. As such, slow ripening periods are the norm, and fantastic expression of flavor, aroma and the best aspects of their special terroir are commonplace and encouraged, resulting in special and delicious wines