2013 DELAS DOMAINE DES GENTES VACQUEYRAS
As much as I love the innovative and forward styles of New World GSM blends (Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre), I’m equally drawn to the complexity, depth and character found in Old World GSM’s, which originated in the Rhone region in Southern France as early as 600BC. With trials and tribulations spanning hundreds of years, many of the best wines in the Old World give you that feeling of antiquity and historical relevance when you taste them. Vacqueyras is located in the Southern Rhone Valley of France, just a few kilometers from Gigondas. Many consider it to be the younger and more affordable brother to the iconic region of Chateanuef-du-Pape. The wines from Vacqueryas are revered for their power and when you find one that’s been perfectly cellared and is ready to drink like this one, they can offer some of the greatest value in the Rhone Valley.
The region shares similar soils and climate to neighboring Gigondas, and like Gigondas their reds are often built around a core of Grenache. Winemakers in Vacqueyras tend to use more Syrah than in Gigondas, and in turn the wines can be deeper, richer and even more powerful. The 2013 Delas Domaine Des Genets is a prime example and with a few extra years of bottle age, the 2013 is absolutely stunning. In fact, we bought every bottle available before our glasses were emptied… It’s that good and at $23, this could go fast…
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