Friday, March 13, 2009

2006 Clos de Caveau "Carmin Brillant" Vacqueyras

Grape variety: Grenache, Syrah
Region: Vacqueyras, Rhone Valley, France
Food pairing: Roasted Chicken with Rosemary

If you're a follower of wine history, you may have read about the Paris Tasting of 1976 in George Taber's account, Judgement of Paris. In this story, Stephen Spurrier, an Englishman who then ran a wine shop, arranged for a blind tasting of French and American wines in Paris, and the world was shocked to learn that American wines took top honors for their Chardonnay and Cabernet. What does this have to do with Vacqueyras?

That same year, Spurrier decided to sell the vineyard property he had purchased, Le Clos de Caveau, to Gerard Bungener. The French man and his family then sunk more of a decade of work into repairing and renovating the estate, switching to organic farming in 1989. Today, the estate produces 50 acres of Grenache and Syrah focusing heavily on organic practices and maximizing the individuality of their own little terroir. The result is a wine that is rich with red cherry and hints of nutmeg and allspice, and we think would hold it's ground quite well if Spurrier ever decided to hold a rematch, this time with Rhone varietals.

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