Vacqueyras: Pascal Frères 'Cuvée Spéciale' 2017
This Vacqueyras wine is a silky, spicy Southern Rhône Grenache blend that impresses customers and staff alike in successive vintages. Subtle enough to enjoy on its own, but sublime when paired with game dishes.
This négociant release Vacqueyras from the ever-reliable Pascal Frères is equally commendable but arguably a tad more forward and less complex than their Gigondas bottling, making for extremely versatile drinking.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Vacqueyras|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Cheese, Pheasant and Game|
|Cellarage||Will age for a decade from vintage.|
|Vinification||The grapes are fermented in stainless steel vats and the wine is then racked in used oak barrels for up to two years before being fined, filtered and bottled.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14|
Yves Chéron (aka Pascal Frères) is a Négociant-Vinificateur – a wine merchant and winemaker, who lives on an attractive estate below the Dentelles de Montmirail. He produces his own Gigondas, Grand Montmirail, from vineyards at the domaine, as well as vinifying wines from bought-in grapes at his négociant enterprise, Pascal Frères, which is situated between Gigondas and Vacqueyras.
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