Domaine de la Charbonnière
Rhone Valley, France, $24.99
The Vacqueyras appellation spreads for about 3,200 acres on two towns: Vacqueyras and Sarrians. This wine comes from two parcels and lieux dits “Pavane” and “La Verde” situated on Plateau des “Garrigues” in Sarrians.
"A highly perfumed bouquet evokes red fruit liqueur, exotic spices and lavender, along with subtle woodsmoke and incense flourishes. Sweet, seamless and energetic on the palate, offering intense raspberry, cherry, spicecake and cola flavors supported by a spine of juicy acidity. Delivers a solid punch of flavor but comes off lively. A suave candied lavender note builds on the gently tannic finish." "91-93" points Josh Raynolds-Vinous Nov 2018.