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2017 Domaine de Verquière Rasteau SKU #1477763

Price: $14.99

DC 91 RP 91 JD 88-90
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K&L Notes

Thibaut Chamfort has taken the helm at this wonderful multi-generational estate property situated in the village of Sablet. Making wines from a variety of terroirs including - Rasteau, Plan de Dieu, Vacqueyras and of course Sablet, he uses organic practices and minimal intervention in his winemaking practices. Concrete tanks are used for fermentation and mix of tank and large foudre for elevage. Thibaut is making pure and decisive wines from the variety of his holdings. The Rasteau comes from the higher plots in Rasteau over mix of marls and large pebbles (similar to the pebbles of Chateauneuf). The blend is 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah.

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  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    7/14/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    If you're a fan of the Domaine's Côtes du Rhone, the Rasteau will knock your socks off. The flavor and structure bars are raised here, with a complex palate that brims with blackberries, dried figs and licorice, gentle tannins and a nose that shows savory herbs, roasted plums and salty Moroccan olives. I love the comforting hint of spice on the palate and the finish that lingers long after I've emptied the bottle. An impressive wine.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    7/13/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    The Verquiere Rasteau takes a definitive step up from our regular everyday favorite, the Verquiere Cotes-du-Rhone. Their Rasteau comes from the higher plateaus seated above the regular Rhone plantings and this exposure gives the region greater overall potential in producing even more serious wines. Rasteau, a recently elevated Cru region, has more akin to Chateauneuf having copious amounts of galets (rolled stones) in the vineyards with their radiating heat which add depth and warmth to the fruit. These stones help give the Rasteau bottling a warm raspberry fruited tone that is accompanied by a lush mouthfeel. The wine keeps its focus though with its perfume of dried flowers and mixed baking spices. It never come off as too heavy. A long savory finish later and your mind might drift even closer towards Chateauneuf, but you're firmly seated in Rasteau with a worthy bottle for half that price. An outstanding value!
    Drink from 2020 to 2025

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