Whether because of the vintage or the producer, this Vacqueyras is more elegant and less rustic than most of its peers. It's really at a good stage for drinking right now.
Good honest Southern Rhone color, medium deep, no hints of barriques or new oak. A prominent but not overbearing peppery streak defines this wine. Peppercorn, spice and blueberries with a hint of bulb flowers. Vacqueyras dark mineral tones. Same on the palate; a peppery dance with well defined Grenache/Syrah fruit.