Gabriel Meffre Saint-Barthélémy Vacqueyras 2014 Wine Review
Gabriel Meffre Saint-Barthélémy Vacqueyras 2014
Rhône A.P., France
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Bottle size: 750 ml
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|Greg Hughes rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:|
This is a gentle Vacqueyras built around 55% Grenache and 20% Syrah. It has an appreciable 13.5% alcohol. The achieves so much more in mouthfeel and flavour without having to resort to 14-15% alcohol.
The colour is a medium ruby, with pink and purple hues at the rim.
The smell is lovely, but definitely improves wih a short decant. It jumps at you with smoke and cherries. It shifts to a raspberry coulis with some brown spices emerging after breathing. Not a tremendous amount of Vacqueyras' herbal aromatics show themselves. It's a softer cinnamon and chickory combination as substitute.
The palate is just as pretty as the aromas. It shows off Rhône versatility in producing wines this light and bright.
Flavours are on the red and black fruit: cherry, raspberry, boysenberry, and currant. The smokiness plays into a bit more of herbalness. Good acidity and mouthfeel.
The Vacqueyras (vah-KEH-ra) appelation is one of the three best known Rhône villages of the south (along with Chateauneuf and Gigondas). Generally, they're known for their more subtle herb and floral aromatics.
They pair excellently with cassoulet (a style of assorted bean and meat casserole), but it would also be an impressive and stylish choice for friends of yours interested in Australian wine or in the expensive wines of Vacqueyras' neighbour: Chateauneuf du Pape.
|This is a deep-ruby Rhone red with smoky red cherries, spice and white pepper on the nose and palate Tannins are velvety on this ready-to-drink-now Rhone red. - Community Wine Reviews|
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