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

France is renowned across the globe for its quality wines and the careful expertise which goes into making them, but what is truly remarkable about this relatively small country is the vast range of wines it produces in such huge amounts each year. Not only are the finest red wines in the world said to come from the beautiful regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy, but elsewhere in the country we find the Champagne region, and areas such as the Rhone Valley and the Loire, whose white wines consistently receive awards and accolades by the plenty. This range is a result of the great variety of climatic conditions and terrain found in France, coupled with generations of wine makers working within single appellations. Their knowledge of specific terroirs and grape varieties has, over time, perfected the production of wines within their region, and the end results continue to impress the world to this day.

Appellation: Vacqueras

For over six hundred years, the wineries of Vacqueyras in France's Rhone Valley have been dedicated to bringing the finest French red wines to the world, made with a passion and commitment to flavor and aroma unrivaled elsewhere in the world. The vast majority of Vacqueyras are made predominantly with the fine Grenache grapes which grow well in the fertile vineyards of the region. These vines also benefit from a gentle micro-climate, created in part by the nearby hills which shield the region from harsher weather conditions, and which allow the grapes to grow and ripen more slowly. As such, the red wines of Vacqueyras are usually highly elegant and subtle, full of fascinating flavors and aromas which any serious lover of unique and enticing red wines would find difficult to resist.