90 Pts Jeb Dunnuck - The Rhone Report
"Pretty and a touch delicate, the 2008 Domaine La Garrigue Vacqueyras shows a brilliant light purple color as well as clean, pure aromas of blackberry and black cherry driven fruit, subtle spice, garrigue and some meaty, saddle leather like notes in the background. These lead into a classy, elegant, medium bodied wine that has clean, perfectly ripe fruit, fresh acidity and a savory, rich texture. Impressive and this is a great effort in a difficult vintage. Given the overall balance and harmony, I think this will age gracefully and should deliver loads of pleasure over the next 8 to 10 years." 90 Points - Jeb Dunnuck - Rhone Report
"This wine is the product of a supple assembly of four varieties; Grenache 80%, Syrah 10%, Mourvedre 5%, and Cinsault 5%. The robe has great depths. The nose is of black fruit with a touch of licorice and very elegant spicy notes. The mouthfeel is full and fleshy with long-lasting fruit flavors." -Importer
"The Climate is of Mediterranean type, characterized by lots of sunshine, low rainfall and lots of Mistral wind. The Mistral blows on around 120 days a year and is really good for vine health; limiting fungal disease including mildew or botrytis. The climate is temperate, thanks to the influence of the pre-alpine Dentelles de Montmirail, handing our appellation all the trump cards necessary for wines with very distinctive and original characteristics."
"The estate's vineyards are on the communes of Vacqueyras, Gigondas and Sarrians. The average vine age is between 40 and 60 years old for the Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache Blanc, Cinsault and Clairette, while some of our Grenache vines are between 80 and 100 years old. " -Winery
"Domaine La Garrigue is set in the heart of the Vacqueyras appellation area (Southern Cotes du Rhone), in the Vaucluse department of France. The estate buildings are just 2.5 km from the main village, on a plateau called Les Garrigues."
"The estate was created in 1850, and has always been worked by the same family, spanning 6 generations. The Bernard family has always worked in respect of tradition, crafting authentic natural wines that are typical of the terroirs they came from." -Winery
This wine also scored 88 Points from Josh Raynolds of the International Wine Cellar