Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Wine of the Week - Domaine du Terme Vacqueyras

From the lesser-known (read: good value) region of Vacqueyras in the southern Rhône Valley comes this Grenache and Syrah blend from Domaine du Terme. Notes of black cherry, liquorice and a subtle hint of tar lead to fine, polished tannins. A great, warming red to get you through the rest of the winter season.

Located in the foothills of the Montmirail Mountains, Domaine du Terme is managed by Anne-Marie Gaudin and her father Rolland, who purchased their first vines in Sablet some forty years ago. Anne-Marie began making the wines in 1987 after earning her oenology degree in Mâcon. Her father, Rolland, who has also been the mayor of Gigondas for over a decade, still consults in the vinification and viticulture process. Anne-Marie believes one must be “flexible, pragmatic, and intuitive” to make quality wine, and have a good connection to the earth. Gaudin does not use any pesticides or herbicides as a matter of course, but not necessarily because she wants to be identified with the organic movement. She simply believes that the best grapes come from the best management of the vineyard. As a result her wines are rich, textured, and exceptionally pure.

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