Produced on a very clayey terroir with stones from the Ouvèze river, the Grenache is dominant and develops a fleshy wine. It's typical aromas of chocolate, cherry and fig match beautifully with the Syrah (violet, spice, liquorice).
› The vintage
In 2010, all the right conditions were united to produce an exceptional vintage.
Famille Perrin’s Vacqueyras is a beautiful example of Grenache based wines from the Southern Rhône Valley, with an impressive aromatic expression, structured body and great ageing potential.
An 8 hectare vineyard farmed and run by the Beaucastel team. Located on the Commune of Sarrians, south of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Old vines (average age of 50 years).
Stony terraces on clay and sandy soils
Handpicked harvest in 25 kg boxes. Crushing, long fermentation (1 month) in tanks of 50 hectolitres and in Foudres (50%). Blending after malolactic fermentation.
• Tasting advices
› Tasting video
Colour: Nearly black with purple undertones
The ideal match for this wine is a leg of venison with Gentian, sautéed potatoes with onions and garlic.
• Reviews and Awards
Deep ruby. Intense, smoke- and spice-accented aromas of black raspberry, anise and lavender. Sappy, penetrating dark berry and bitter cherry flavors gain weight with air without any loss of clarity. A peppery quality comes up on the lengthy finish, which is given shape and grip by fine-grained tannins. This suave, lively wine drinks nicely now but has the balance to age. [+]
• Note: 90/100
Josh Raynolds - 24/01/2013
The family behind famed Château de Beaucastel delivers a winning Vacqueyras, the little-brother appellation to Châteauneuf. It’s fullbodied, with gorgeously aromatic lavender and licorice floating above the rich berry fruit. Very elegant and worth a 10-year rest in the cellar, or try it now with roast leg of lamb. [+]
• Note: 92/100
The Globe and Mail - 10/12/2012
Ripe and fleshy, but pure and unadorned, with sleek plum, blackberry and red currant fruit stitched seamlessly together, guided by a long, warm stone-filled finish. Very fresh. Drink now through 2018. [+]
• Note: 91/100
Wine Spectator - 31/10/2012
Dark crimson. Spicy, leathery nose. Big and bold and full of life. But pretty drying on the end. Minerally. Cool. As though some of the fruit had been sucked out. [+]
• Note: 16/20
Jancis Robinson - 01/12/2011
Dark crimson. Heady, complex nose. Already meaty and quite evolved and seductive. Quite polished and with some liquorice. Very attractive. [+]
• Note: 16,5/20
Jancis Robinson JR - 04/10/2011
Bright purple. Deep aromas of cherry and dark berries, with a spicy overtone. Shows very good clarity and power, with a late note of tangy minerals adding lift and cut. [+]
• Note: 89-91/100
International Wine Cellar
Deep Ruby. Intense, smoke- and spice-accented aromas of black raspberry, anise and lavender. Sappy, penetrating dark berry and bitter cherry flavors gain weight with air without any loss of clarity. A peppery quality comes up on the lengthy finish, which is given shape and grip by fine-grained tannins. This suave, lively wine drinks nicely now but has the balance to age. [+]
• Note: 90/100
The 2010 Vacqueyras les Christins, like most of these other 2010s, was just about ready to go into bottle. Dense garrigue, peppery kirsch, black raspberry and currant notes, with hints of loamy soil and underbrush were present in this big, full throttle wine, which is classic Vacqueyras. It should drink well for a decade. [+]
• Note: 90/100
Wine Advocate Robert Parker