Le Couroulu Vacqueyras "Cuvée Classique" 2017

Le Couroulu Vacqueyras "Cuvée Classique" 2017

France - Rhône (Southern)
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*By some miracle this Tidewater favorite got picked up by a new supplier!*

My all time favorite tasting note: "Beautiful, silky Châteauneuf terroir aromas: leather, game, truffles, plum, dried herbs, lead pencil. It all swirls around in the palate, a deeply satisfying blend that surprises and harks back to something as simple as a walk in the country on a rainy autumn day."

This wine is not a Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but the tasting note could very well apply to it. Vacqueyras is a sort of "country cousin" to Châteauneuf that was once labeled as simple Côtes-du-Rhône before being given its own appellation (along with Gigondas, Cairanne, Rasteau, etc). I have a soft spot for Vacqueyras and an even softer spot for Domaine Le Couroulu. This is a wine that could only have come from Provence. Try with beef pot roast, game, or lamb chops. A couroulu is a "curlew" in English, hence the drawing on the label. 75% Grenache 25% Syrah. Serve cool.

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