Saturday, August 3, 2013

Domaine du Vieux Chene Vin de Pays Vaucluse Cuvee de la Dame Vieille, 2010

Vin de Pays Vaucluse is a modest appellation but one that I have always found to be very good. And Beatrice and Jean Claude Bouche at Vieux Chene,, located on the road between Gigondas and Chateauneuf du Pape, produce several of my favorites. I like the 100% Grenache, I like the 100% Syrah and I'm even more fond of this cuvee which is 50% Syrah/50% Grenache.

Good deep color; Syrah showing. Berries galore, spice and pepper; that's the Grenache. Smells inviting, and the flavors offer up the same pleasures. Grenache takes the tannic edge off of the Syrah. Very friendly on the palate but with plenty of ripe skin tannins and room to grow for three or four years.

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