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Arnoux & Fils Vacqueyras Seigneur De Lauris  2009 750ml
SKU 707102

Arnoux & Fils Vacqueyras Seigneur De Lauris 2009

Arnoux & Fils - Rhone Valley - France - Vacqueras

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Rated 92 by Robert Parker
The 2009 Vacqueyras Seigneur de Lauris (70% Grenache and 30% Syrah aged 6 months in foudre and one-third new oak) reveals more structure as one might expect from the smaller barrels. It offers a deep purple color, lots of black currant, black cherry, licorice and spice box notes, full body, and a fleshy style. It is another typical 2009 Vacqueyras ... big, dense, tannic and massive. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.
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Winery: Arnoux & Fils

Vintage: 2009

Despite less than ideal climatic conditions, featuring storms which threatened an otherwise perfect year, most parts of California had an excellent year for viticulture. Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs were picked at optimum ripeness, and Californian white wine was just about as good as it could be. Surprises and overcoming difficulties summed up much of the United States' wine industry in 2009, and many of the results from Oregon, Washington State and all over California speak for themselves, with the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon grapes having developed healthy, thick skins and thus plenty of character and distinction. Elsewhere in the New World, South Africa had a very good year in 2009, and wineries across the cape of the African continent are proclaiming it a truly great vintage. In most of Europe, fine weather and punctual ripening periods produced some excellent wines, with many of the best coming out of France's Bordeaux and the surrounding regions. Merlot had an exceptionally good year in France, and wineries are proclaiming that the 2009 Merlot harvest was one of the best in living memory. Indeed, across most of France, ripening was relatively even, and red wine grapes such as Cabernet Franc, Syrah and others were reportedly highly characterful, with plenty of the required tannin levels with which to make high quality wines. Italy, too, had a very good 2009. Piedmont reported extremely favorable conditions throughout 2009, and their signature Nebbiolo grapes were more or less perfect when harvested, having benefited from the slight drop in temperature at the end of their ripening period. Veneto, too, had an enviable year, producing superb Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay wines in 2009.

Region: Rhone Valley

There are few wine regions in the world with a history as long and illustrious as that of the Rhone Valley in France. For over two thousand years, wines have been produced in this region, benefited by the excellent, mineral-rich soils of the region, and the varied climate which allows a wide range of grape varietals to grow. The Rhone Valley is now split into two quite separate regions, with the north part being characterized by its cooler, continental climate and the limited number of grape varietals grown, and the southern sub-region being perfect for growing a wide range of grapes, and producing an exciting number of different wine styles. The Rhone Valley is associated with elegant, flavorful wines, and certain grape varietals such as Viognier and Syrah, which are adept at expressing the finer features of their terroir.

Country: France

Year in, year out, France enjoys its prestigious reputation as the producer of the finest wines in the world. With a wine making history which spans several thousand years and owes its expertise to the Romans, it comes as little surprise that this most highly esteemed of the Old World wine countries continues to impress and enchant both novices and experts to this day. Despite the rise in quality of wines from neighboring European countries, not to mention the New World, the French wine industry continues to boom, with up to eight billion bottles being produced in recent years. However, France prides itself on always putting quality before quantity, and the wide range in fine produce is a testament to the dedication and knowledge of the wineries across the country. Indeed, from rich and complex reds to light and aromatic white wines, French wines are as varied and interesting as they are enjoyable to drink, making this country a firm favorite for wine lovers across the globe.

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.