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Domaine le Sang des Cailloux Vacqueyras Cuvee Doucinello 2011

Domaine le Sang des Cailloux Vacqueyras Cuvee Doucinello 2011

750ML    
Sku: 202200

Rating
Wine Spectator, 88 Points:
The core is gentle, with lightly mulled damson plum and raspberry notes, while the frame is perfumy, with singed sandalwood and incense hints wafting through. There's a lightly grainy edge on the finish, which has charm as well. Drink now

Wine maker notes
One glimpse of Serge Férigoule’s barbell moustache might be enough for one to be completely enamored with the wines of Le Sang des Cailloux , although they also speak remarkably well for themselves. This domaine’s name means “the blood of the stones,” and Serge Férigoule is most certainly the heart that links the two together. In 1974, Serge left winemaki ng school with a longing to return to the vineyards. He went to work for Monsieur Ricard’s family in 1979 to oversee the vineyards. Without anyone in his family to succeed him, Ricard decided to gamble by partnering with Serge in 1982. In 1990, after Monsieur Ri card’s retirement, Serge launched Le Sang des Cailloux. Vacqueyras had just been awarded an A.O. C. that same year, a timely twist of fate that helped Serge’s wines to become as celebrated as they deserve.

All of Serge’s seventeen hectares rest on the grea t Plateau des Garrigues, where red clay, limestone, and the famous galets roulés , or rounded stones, impart a terrific intensity and depth to the wines. Given the aridity of the soil, the vines here are na turally prone to lower yields—this gives the wines their concentration and power. Th at Serge has been farming organically for years but has never sought certification says something about his philosophy. He is not looking to impress; only to make the best wines he possibly can. Serge is also sent imental—each year, the Cuvée Traditionnelle of Le Sang des Cailloux is named for one of his daughter s, Floureto, Doucinello and Azalaïs. The “Vieilles Vignes” is also called “Lopy,” named for his hom etown. His wines have everything we love about the Rhône – wild and chewy with great notes of leather, spicy garrigue, and smoky, black fruit.


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