Santa Duc 'Les Aubes' Vacqueyras, Rhône Valley, France 2020
Vacqueyras is located in the southern Rhône, producing wine dedicated to mostly Grenache. The wines are usually compared to that of its famous neighbor, Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This blend of 80% grenache and 20% syrah comes from vines averaging 60 years of age in the Vacqueyras lieux-dits of Les Aubes and La Ponche. Both sites consist of primarily sandy soils, with a small proportion of clay. The hand-harvested grapes are partially destemmed and ferment for 20-30 days before aging for 18 months in foudres (90%) and terracotta amphorae (10%). Concentrated flavors of ripe red and black fruit abound, with a subtle peppery, licorice kick
Pairing: Lamb, braised beef, stew, brisket
Grape: Grenache 80 %, Syrah 20 %
Soils : sandy soils, with a small proportion of clay.