If I had tasted this blind, I would have pegged it as a Chateauneuf du Pape. But that's no surprise; I have had the same impression with the previous four bottles I have opened over the past 10 to 15 years. Even at 19 years of age, this 1998 Vacqueyras still seems to be getting better.
I see some bricking at the rim but the color still shows some deep crimson. Aromatic herbs along with Grenache cherry and earthy notes. This is the least expensive of the Sang de Caillou bottlings, but the fruit is clearly special. Rich but not heavy. Great depth and concentration on the finish.