By: Kaj Stromer
K&L Staff Member
Something about this wine really brought me back in time to remind me how much I enjoy Southern Rhone wines. I started drinking Chateauneuf-du-Pape as I came of age as a young man in the greater New York City area. However, I didn’t really know what it was. It came in a cool bottle, tasted good, and was fun to say. Fast forward to the start of my wine career when the 1998 vintage reached our shores. I was blown away by the overall quality and complexity of the wines. Most importantly, they just seemed to mesh with my palate. This caused an intrigue on my part which had me exploring every nook and cranny in the greater southern Rhone. I tasted through all the villages and quickly realized how wonderful the Vacqueyras wines were. Not only could they compete in quality, they also possessed an elegance and grace I’d not come across before. Best of all, the affordable prices of these wines made them hard to ignore. All that ran through my mind as I tasted this wine recently. I strongly suggest you check it out. Drink it or age it. It’ll go the distance.