I have been impressed by every wine I have had from Domaine de la Tourade. The 1998 Gigondas was particularly memorable, and I was able to buy enough of this 2008 Vacqueyras at close-out prices to enjoy it frequently. 2008 was not a good year for the Southern Rhone, but the winemaker did a good job of staying within the limits of the fruit he was working with.
Medium deep ruby with minimal bricking at rim. The bouquet seems less forward than I remember from the last bottle I had several months ago, but I have a cold. As the meal goes on, the wine gets better and better. I think it's curing my cold. Subtle fruit, pure and so well framed.